About: Günther Oettinger

Elections 28-06-2018

Oettinger’s Italy gaffe under the microscope

The EU’s budget Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, triggered a wave of outrage last month after reportedly suggesting that markets will “teach” Italian people how to vote. EURACTIV.com looks into the story as part of the 'Fact or Fake' series, in partnership with France 24.
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Digital 03-11-2016

Commission grilled over Oettinger apology for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

The European Commission today (3 November) faced a grilling from journalists after Germany’s Commissioner Günther Oettinger apologised for mocking women and gay marriage, and calling the Chinese "slitty eyes".

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Energy 31-10-2014

Ukraine, Russia, EU sign a $4,6 billion gas deal

After seven rounds of gas negotiations, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a 4,6 billion dollar gas deal on Thursday. The agreement will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kyiv's Western creditors.
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Energy 20-08-2014

Putin and Poroshenko to hold talks in Minsk

The European Commission confirmed on Wednesday that top EU officials will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko next week in Minsk.
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Energy 24-07-2014

Commission wants a 30% energy reduction target by 2030

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to reduce Europe's energy consumption by 30% by 2030.
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Energy 10-06-2014

EU, Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas deal

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to continue talks about Russian gas supplies to Ukraine after overnight negotiations ended without any firm agreement on price.
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Energy 27-05-2014

EU, Ukraine contradict each other on gas supply talks

EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said on Monday that 'substantial progress was made' but 'no breakthrough yet' in the negotiations on gas supply between Ukraine and Russia. However, Ukraine's state gas company, Naftogaz, said on Tuesday that no real progress was made with Russia's Gazprom over its gas debt and on pricing.
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Energy 22-05-2014

Barroso: “Energy must not be abused as a political weapon”

After the March European Council conclusions, the European Commission will conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and present a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence by June 2014.
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Energy 28-04-2014

Commission welcomes reverse gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine

The European Commission welcomed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday enabling gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine.
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Energy 24-04-2014

EU, Russia to meet over Ukraine gas supply

European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine.
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Energy 10-03-2014

Oettinger on Ukraine: EU should not be ‘too offensive’ towards Russia

Speaking at the EPP Congress in Dublin, EU Commissioner for energy Gunther Oettinger said that the European position in dealing with the Ukrainian crisis should not be 'too offensive' towards Russia. “We should offer them (Russia) an ongoing economic partnership, but warning them what they are doing is not acceptable.', Oettinger said.
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Climate change 06-02-2014

Parliament backs strong EU stance on 2030 clean energy goals

The European Parliament sent a “strong message” on Wednesday in favour of an ambitious EU energy and climate policy for 2030, backing legally-binding goals for CO2 emissions, renewables and energy efficiency. parliament voted for a 40% cut in CO2 emissions, a 30% share of the energy market for renewable energy and a 40% improvement in energy efficiency, all by 2030.
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Energy 12-12-2013

Oettinger takes the lead in legal spat with Russia over South Stream

Following a meeting with the energy ministers of seven countries through the territory of which the South Stream pipeline is planned to pass, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced today (12 December) that the EU executive will be their advocate to make sure that their bilateral agreements with Russia respect EU law.
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Energy 05-10-2012

EU nuclear reactors in need of safety upgrades

Despite the 'hundreds' of defects pointed out by a commission's leaked report, the European Commission on Thursday said that the safety of all nuclear reactors across Europe is 'satisfactory". "The safety situation in the EU is at good level and satisfactory. There is no nuclear power plant which must be shut down immediately for safety reasons', said Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy.

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