BRUSSELS/OSLO, May 22 (Reuters) – Norway has overtaken
Russia as western Europe’s top gas supplier, data from state
firms shows, indicating the European Union’s drive to reduce its
dependence on Russian energy is bearing fruit.
The sharp drop in oil prices has been another factor, as
Norway offers more flexible pricing and big buyers held off
buying from Russia in the hope the fall in crude price levels
would eventually filter through to Russian gas.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – New European Union rules
to crack down on speculation in food and other commodity prices
risk being watered down during final negotiations over detail,
campaigners said on Thursday.
Following the United States’ lead, the 28-country bloc will
set limits on how big a position traders can hold in grains, oil
and other commodities to avoid undue influence over prices.
BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – Europe’s inland and coastal
waters have become cleaner and nations such as heavily-indebted
Greece and Cyprus boast some of the most pristine bathing spots,
according to this year’s EU report on water quality, published
Compiled annually by the European Environment Agency, the
latest report on bathing waters finds six nations rated
“excellent”: Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and
BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian Airlines has been
fined some 1.4 million euros ($1.6 million) by a regional
Belgian government for breaching EU carbon emissions rules,
making it the first big non-EU carrier to be fined for breaking
the EU aviation law.
The European Union requirement that all aircraft using its
airports pay for carbon emissions caused international outcry
when it was introduced at the start of 2012.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Should Britain vote to leave the European Union it would be relegated to the sidelines over important carbon market reforms vital to safeguarding EU environmental targets over the next decade and beyond.
The Conservative Party’s victory in general elections this month means Britons will be asked to vote on whether to leave the club of 28 EU nations possibly as early as next year.
INCULKALNS, Latvia, May 15 (Reuters) – Buried under heavy
clay deep in the Latvian birch forests, sit the giant Soviet era
gas reservoirs whose fate draws together the main players in the
tense energy power game of the Baltics.
A share in the site is for sale, which will dent Russia’s
influence. The asking price from the German stake-seller
deterred Latvia itself from stepping in, leaving a European
Commission-linked fund as the only bidder, government sources
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union diplomats have approved a proposal to begin reforms of the bloc’s carbon market in 2019, Latvia, the holder of the EU Presidency, said on Wednesday.
The proposal to start operating a so-called Market Stability Reserve (MSR) under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) from Jan. 1, 2019, was adopted at a closed-door meeting of diplomats representing the 28 nations of the EU.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators will not accelerate a decision on whether to restrict use of the world’s most widely used weed killer, even though it has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO), officials said on Tuesday.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, said in March that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s poorest nations, including heavily indebted Greece, emerge the main winners from a deal to reform the world’s biggest carbon market that will raise billions for EU governments, data from Thomson Reuters Point Carbon shows.
The European Union on Tuesday reached a preliminary accord to launch on Jan. 1, 2019, a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) to remove some of the hundreds of millions of carbon allowances that have depressed the EU Emissions Trading System.
BRUSSELS, May 6 (Reuters) – European carmakers are lobbying
for a three year delay to new rules that would reduce the
fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, according
to an industry paper seen by Reuters.
The European Commission wants to tighten vehicle testing to
close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth
surface and taping up car doors and windows.