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EU Elections 2019 19-11-2018

Sefcovic: We want to be carbon neutral

With its Clean Energy package, the European Commission wants to combat climate change, further develop the internal market for electricity and promote a carbon neutral future with a concept. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Maroš Šefčovič.

Ukraine ambassador: Tsarist and KGB mentality don’t change with time

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, explains in an interview with EURACTIV why Kyiv is against the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He also talks about Ukraine's relations with Brussels and its complicated ties with Moscow.
Energy 16-03-2017

Bendtsen: We need pension fund investment to kickstart renovation revolution

Pension funds are looking to invest money and interest rates are low, the lead MEP on the EU’s building energy performance bill has said. Unlocking that capital will boost Europe’s low renovation rates, increase energy efficiency and cut household bills, Bendt Bendtsen told EURACTIV.com.
Energy 27-01-2017

Sefcovic: ‘Everybody wants to be on good terms with us’

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told EURACTIV.com that the Trump administration may be more protectionist than its predecessor. But he is not worried about the impact on the energy market, despite Europe’s immense import needs.
Energy 23-11-2016

Analyst: ‘Member states can strong-arm Brussels on energy policy’

From nuclear plants in the UK and Hungary to coal-fired power stations in Germany, member states always manage to forge ahead with their energy projects, according to Georg Zachmann, who calls on EU leaders to sit down and seriously discuss the Energy Union’s governance.
Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
Energy 10-10-2016

Hungarian MEP: Nuclear energy’s ‘hidden subsidies’ must end

Atomic energy is not competitive in the energy sector and must not be artificially preserved at the expense of renewable alternatives, Benedek Jávor, Green MEP and member of Nuclear Transparency Watch, told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Energy 01-08-2016

US energy envoy: North Stream 2 could resurrect cold war divisions

The controversial North Stream 2 gas pipeline project has the potential to resurrect cold war divisions in Europe, US Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein said, before calling for greater competition with Russia's Gazprom through increased LNG imports.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Energy 31-03-2016

Senior Obama official: Nord Stream 2 and Brexit may weaken EU energy security

EXCLUSIVE / The controversial Russian-German pipeline project Nord Stream 2 will weaken the European Union's energy security, and Brexit would set back the shared interests of the USA, UK and EU, a senior official in the Obama administration has warned.
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.
Energy 08-02-2016

Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out

Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EURACTIV in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Energy 25-01-2016

Sefcovic: There is good potential for cooperation with Gazprom

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? took advantage of the World Economic Forum to meet with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and discuss the Southern Gas Corridor.
Jerzy Buzek
Climate change 07-12-2015

Jerzy Buzek: ‘Let’s not be hypocrites’ about coal

Poland should continue relying on coal but only at the condition that it uses the newest technologies, says Jerzy Buzek, as COP21 enters its second week.
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.
Rebecca Harms [Website of Green/EFA group]

Greens/EFA president: ‘The only way to reduce our energy dependency is to cut consumption’

Rebecca Harms, the president of The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has criticised the Energy Union project as outdated. In an interview with EURACTIV Poland, she talks about alternatives for the project and their impact on Russia as well as climate change.
Energy 15-05-2015

Experts: There will be more LNG terminals in the Baltic Sea if it pays

Baltic states have to consider the business potential of new liquefied natural gas terminals before further investments take place, experts from Latvian ministries told EURACTIV Czech Republic’s Adéla Denková. New technologies will also change the game in energy security, a central goal of the EU’s Energy Union plan, they said.
Vidar Helgesen
Global Europe 07-05-2015

Vidar Helgesen: Our EEA contribution costs almost as much as EU membership

Norway has no intention of becoming an EU member, although being part of the EEA costs the country almost as much as being a full EU member, says Vidar Helgesen.

Renewable island director: We need the opposite of Energy Union

Decentralisation is the key to energy success and development, Søren Hermansen said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV. Instead of focusing on Putin's gas, the EU should create its own independent energy grid, including the national feed-in tariffs the Energy Union project opposes, he said.
Energy 10-03-2015

EuroAce: Energy Union should push EU efficiency laws

SPECIAL REPORT / The recognition in the Energy Union of the importance of improving energy efficiency in the EU's building stock is welcome. But unless existing measures are properly implemented by national governments, the multiple benefits of renovation will not be exploited to the full, Céline Carré told EURACTIV.

EEA boss: Juncker plan and Energy Union should drive circular economy

EU policymakers must ensure that the Juncker investment plan and Energy Union leverages the circular economy, boosts decarbonisation, and enhances the environment, Hans Bruyninckx told EURACTIV in an 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.
Jean-Arnold Vinois
Energy 27-01-2015

EU adviser: Energy Union should take ‘holistic approach’

Europe's energy policy is no longer based on a difficult balance between competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply. It has now become a holistic project which includes all these dimensions in a multi-disciplinary approach, argues Jean-Arnold Vinois.
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