About: energy security

Electricity 22-06-2017

Grid operators boss: We are trying to align physics and markets

Security of electricity supply should remain a national responsibility although regional coordination can help provide backup in case of need and avoid overcapacity, according to Laurent Schmitt, the Secretary General of ENTSO-E, in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.
Climate change 08-11-2016

What President Trump could mean for energy and climate policy

Before Donald Trump was elected America's new president in yesterday’s elections (8 November), experts told EURACTIV.com that his presidency would have a corrosive effect on global and EU climate and energy policy.
Maroš Šef?ovi? will chair the trilaterals [European Parliament]
Energy 11-02-2016

Sefcovic: Nord Stream is not in conformity with the Energy Union’s goals

The European Commission so far is only aware of general information about the project, and is therefore unable to make conclusive decisions, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 02-12-2015

Sefcovic: The Commission will respond to Nord Stream’s critics

Seven EU countries wrote to the European Commission, asking for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be stopped. The entire College of Commissioners will prepare the response, Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Azerbaijan 26-05-2015

SOCAR: It is impossible to stop the Southern Gas Corridor

To imagine that a project like Turkish Stream could ruin the Southern Gas Corridor is complete nonsense. Unlike the Gazprom project, the Southern Gas Corridor is about billions of dollars already being invested, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 18-03-2015

Westinghouse: Nuclear energy has a great future in Poland

The biggest single market for nuclear energy in Eastern Europe is Poland, says Mike Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, the US multinational providing fuel, services and equipment for the nuclear industry. Polish authorities have spoken of potentially building up to 11 nuclear reactors by 2030, Kirst told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Energy 28-01-2015

MEP: Ukraine is a heating crisis, not a gas crisis

Member states must cooperate with each other and submit to a European Commission-run governance structure, complete with punitive measures, if the EU is to become independent from Russian gas, argues Morten Helveg Petersen, who also stressed the importance of renewables and energy efficiency.
Climate change 15-11-2013

Yvo de Boer: It’s the climate, stupid!

EXCLUSIVE / Politicians look at costs in a "stupid" way and need more "adult understanding" of the tight links between climate, the economy and energy, including energy security, the UN's former climate chief told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 01-10-2013

Expert: The EU falters on common energy interests

No matter how much we talk about a common EU energy policy, many examples show that some member states don't favour setting up trans-border links, and Poland is clearly one of them, Dr Ar?nas Molis told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 01-07-2013

Grybauskait?: Lithuania aims for a ‘trustworthy’ presidency

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says her country's first time at the helm of the EU will be "a presidency you can rely on. We will deliver what we promise to deliver,” she tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Lithuania succeeds Ireland on Monday (1 July) in the six-month presidency.
Energy 24-07-2012

Polish MEP: EU has better shale gas rules than the US

The EU is better equipped that the United States to ensure that shale gas would be exploited in a safe way, MEP Bogus?aw Sonik, rapporteur on the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities, told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 03-11-2011

Ex-spymaster: A new ‘elite’ has solutions for Ukraine

The EU should not freeze its relations with Ukraine as a result of the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymosenko to seven years of imprisonment, Mykola Malomuzh, advisor to the president of Ukraine and former head of the foreign intelligence service told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 14-12-2010

Lithuania Minister: Cuts to EU’s long-term budget may be necessary

Some cuts to the EU's long-term budget for the period 2014-2020 may be necessary given current financial realities, but severe cuts would reduce the European Union's capacity to act as a global player, Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Audronius Ažubalis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 19-05-2010

Expert: Turkmenistan is unreliable partner for Nabucco

The EU-favoured Nabucco gas pipeline focuses on gas imported from Turkmenistan, but the authoritarian state cannot be a reliable partner, Michael Laubsch, an expert on Central Asia, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 14-04-2010

Analyst: No more room for Polish-Russian confrontation

Mutual resentment between Poland and Russia is being replaced with openness and the beginnings of friendship in the emotional days since the tragic plane crash in Smolensk, in which the Polish president and his delegation lost their lives, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, a researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Europe 20-10-2009

Slovak commissioner: ‘My affiliation is social democratic’

Despite until recently being of no political 'colour', Slovakia's newly-appointed EU commissioner, Maroš Šef?ovi?, will represent the social democratic political family in the EU executive, he told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 24-04-2009

Zagorski: Tough task ahead for EU-Russia talks

Energy, trade, investment and security will be at the heart of EU-Russia partnership negotiations, Andrei V. Zagorski told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview. The Russian expert predicts that negotiations will be difficult as the EU-Russia relationship is "not going through the best time". But the Russian academic is hopeful that agreement can be struck, citing substantial "mutual interests".
Energy 22-04-2009

Researcher: Climate change ‘forcing energy market re-think’

The notion that market forces can address long-term societal issues has become "completely out of date" in view of the need to tackle global warming, according to David Buchan, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In an interview with EURACTIV, he suggests that the British 'laissez-faire' approach to energy may have been short-sighted.
Med & South 08-04-2009

Mitschek: Nabucco consortium making headway

Significant progress has been achieved with Turkey on moving forward the Nabucco gas pipeline project, Reinhard Mitschek, managing director of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International, told the Dnevnik daily, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria.
EU Priorities 2020 13-03-2009

MEP: Parliament will stop Barroso’s stimulus plan

The European Parliament will mobilise a majority against Commission President's José Manuel Barroso's five billion euro stimulus plan, Claude Turmes, vice-president of the Greens / European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 10-02-2009

Mandil: Energy solidarity ‘still just words’

Several EU governments did not show solidarity over the recent gas crisis, former executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Claude Mandil told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 04-09-2007

‘Russia cannot do without European energy market’

Following the failure of the May EU Summit in Samara, the Kremlin's withdrawal from the CFE Treaty suggests a further deterioration in dialogue between the EU and Russia. In an interview with EURACTIV France, Thomas Gomart, Russian programme director for the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), reconsiders the possibility of a new energy relationship.