About: Maroš Šefčovič

Europe's East 20-12-2019

Russia, Ukraine agree ‘in principle’ new gas deal, signature expected in Minsk

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, after hours-long talks on Thursday, agreed in principle on a new gas deal starting after 1 January 2020, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič told a briefing. Ukraine is a key transit route for...
Energy 18-12-2019

Bill sanctioning Nord Stream 2, Turkish Stream goes to White House, Russia cries foul

US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project are a breach of international law and an example of unfair competition, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday (18 December).
Batteries 16-12-2019

A ‘startup mindset’ is behind battery strategy, says EU official

The European Commission has been driven into the uptake of a fresh startup mindset in its efforts to develop a value chain for batteries in the last two years, said the Head of Unit for Automotive and Mobility Industries at the DG GROW Joanna Szychowska.
Energy 16-12-2019

31 December 2019: Will gas stop flowing?

The clock is ticking. The long-term gas transit contract between Russia and Ukraine is expiring on 31 December. Chances that the two sides would reach a comprehensive agreement before this date are slim. EURACTIV looks behind the scenes of the dispute.
Batteries 09-12-2019

EU could ban dirty battery imports, says Commission VP

Batteries that do not meet rigorous green standards could be banned from the European market, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič warned on Monday (9 December), as the EU executive approved €3.2 billion of state aid for some home-grown projects.
Circular economy 14-11-2019

China in focus as West debates critical minerals challenge

Western powers will attend talks in Brussels next week on curbing China's dominance of rare earths and other critical resources and EU officials will present their vision to create entire green supply chains.
Energy 05-11-2019

Ukraine ready in case transit of Russian gas stops

Ukraine is ready for the gas transportation being stopped on the Ukrainian territory in case a new gas transit contract with Moscow is not negotiated, Ukraine's Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel announced on Monday (4 November). The current gas contract expires on 31 December.
Batteries 31-10-2019

EU to assess five critical minerals in low carbon quest

The European Commission is assessing five new minerals for possible inclusion in a revised list of critical raw materials to be published next year, as it seeks to bolster supply chains for a low emissions economy, a senior Commission official said.
Energy 29-10-2019

EU-mediated Russia-Ukraine gas talks in deadlock

Russia and Ukraine need a sense of urgency in their talks on gas transit for Europe, the European Union's energy chief said after the latest round in Brussels on Monday (28 October) failed to yield progress.
Outer space 04-10-2019

Outer-space prospecting aims to boost EU’s battery plans

Space policy and efforts to boost electric vehicle uptake share a somewhat unusual link, beyond connected cars and global positioning systems: procuring raw materials could soon be made easier via satellites.
Batteries 26-09-2019

Sefcovic forsees ‘an Airbus for batteries, for 5G, AI, green tech’

In one of his first interviews since getting the nod to serve another five years in the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič talked about his new job, industrial policy and the "global mega-trends" the EU should lead heading into the next decade.
Energy 11-09-2019

Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines

The EU executive is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory.
Climate change 23-08-2019

‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 
EU Elections 2019 04-07-2019

Visegrad leaders claim victory in race for EU top jobs

The leaders of the Visegrad Four – Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – were jubilant back home after they successfully blocked their arch-enemy Frans Timmermans from winning the European Commission presidency.
EU Elections 2019 27-06-2019

Vestager will stay in Brussels, even without EU Commission presidency

Danish EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will stay in Brussels for a second term, the Scandinavian nation’s new prime minister announced yesterday (26 June), even if she fails in her bid to become the next President of the European Commission.
Energy 14-06-2019

EU, Russia confident about Ukraine gas transit deal, despite tense talks

Russia and the EU on Thursday (13 June) expressed hope that a solution could be found to allow gas supply transits through Ukraine to continue from next year.
Batteries 17-05-2019

Europe’s first mega battery factory gets EIB blessing

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is on the verge of granting €350 million to a Swedish company for what will be Europe’s first mega-sized battery factory, the EU lender announced on Thursday (16 May).

EU industrial policy under the spotlight as elections loom

As the EU gears up for a big refresh after May’s elections, there is growing consent among business leaders that incoming policymakers should refocus attention and resources on industrial policy, particularly in the continent's most valuable sectors.
Batteries 03-05-2019

EU looks into ‘Airbus-style’ Franco-German battery plans

France and Germany launched an Airbus-style €6 billion foray into the battery-building business on Thursday (2 May), as the EU's attempts to corner a slice of a growing global market started to pay off.
Elections 01-04-2019

Sefcovic loses to Caputova in Slovakia presidential election

The election of Zuzana Čaputová as Slovakia's first female president was hailed Sunday (31 March) as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year's murder of a journalist.
Elections 15-03-2019

Slovak entrepreneur charged with ordering journalist murder

Slovak prosecutors said Thursday (15 March) they had charged an entrepreneur with ordering the murder of an investigative journalist whose killing during a corruption probe triggered mass protests and toppled the country's prime minister.
EU Elections 2019 19-02-2019

Vestager ranked best EU Commissioner, favourite to succeed Juncker

EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is the clear favourite to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, according to the results of a Europe-wide online survey unveiled today (19 February).
Energy 22-01-2019

Russia plays for time in EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks

The EU mediated on Monday (21 January) talks between Moscow and Kyiv on the future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the only decision being that the sides agreed to meet again in May.
Elections 18-01-2019

Sefcovic confirms run at Slovak presidency

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič will take an unpaid leave of absence to run in Slovakia’s presidential elections in May, he confirmed in Bratislava on Friday (18 January).

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