BRUSSELS, June 2 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine agreed on
Monday to examine a payment plan to settle Kiev’s multi-billion
gas debts and fix a price for supplies until June 2015, offering
the promise of averting an energy crisis over the crucial winter
The argument over prices for natural gas has added to
tensions as the two countries have squared off over Moscow’s
seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and over a pro-Russian
rebel uprising in eastern Ukraine.
BRUSSELS/ATHENS, May 29 (Reuters) – Talks between Russia,
Ukraine and the European Commission to resolve a gas dispute
will go ahead on Friday, the Commission said, as time runs out
to avert a threat that Moscow could cut off supplies to Ukraine.
Ukraine is also the transit nation for around half of the
gas Russia sells to the European Union, so the dispute threatens
onward supplies to Europe.
BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) – EU diplomats on Wednesday
agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops in
response to widespread criticism that they stoke inflation and
do more environmental harm than good.
The compromise, agreed by diplomats in a closed-door
meeting, follows on from a stalemate late last year when
governments failed to agree on a proposed 5 percent cap, which
amounted to a policy U-turn.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union member states on Wednesday backed a compromise deal likely to make it easier to get approval to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, diplomats said.
Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, public opposition to GM crops is strong in Europe.
BRUSSELS, May 26 (Reuters) – Poland’s call for European
Union nations to work together in price negotiations with
Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom is gaining
support spurred by the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
Following a tour of European capitals to drum up backing,
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was invited to Brussels last
week to present his idea at a conference on energy security
alongside top European Commission officials.
BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – EU policymakers took the first
steps towards regulating emissions from lorries through greater
fuel efficiency on Wednesday, but stopped short of the targets
that have forced car manufacturers to make their vehicles
As part of wider efforts to cut the need for imported
energy, especially from Russia, the European Commission is
seeking to improve energy efficiency across all sectors.
BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – EU nations should conduct
stress tests before winter to work out how vulnerable they would
be in the event the crisis over Ukraine leads to a major
disruption of natural gas supplies from Russia, a European
Commission draft document seen by Reuters shows.
EU leaders early this year called on the Commission, the EU
executive, to draw up a list of measures for the short and
longer term to improve the bloc’s energy security after Russia’s
annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – EU policymakers are considering
a goal to increase European Union energy efficiency by between
30 and 35 percent by 2030, as part of efforts to cut greenhouse
gas emissions, reduce fuel bills and improve energy security, EU
The crisis in Ukraine, transit nation for around half of the
natural gas that Russia ships to Europe, has raised the
importance of using less energy as one of the EU’s options to
curb the bloc’s need for imported fuel.
ATHENS, May 16 (Reuters) – “Best before” dates on food add
to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some
long-life produce, a group of European Union states have argued
in a discussion paper prepared for an agriculture ministers
meeting on Monday.
Food waste in the West has become a hot topic because of its
environmental and humanitarian implications. A report last year
found up to half of the food produced worldwide was wasted
because of poor harvesting, storage and transport methods, as
well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Europe’s energy commissioner said on Thursday he saw progress in resolving the row over gas prices between Kiev and Moscow and expected one, perhaps two more rounds of ministerial talks on the issue before the end of May.
In his latest letter to EU leaders, made public on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged them to do more to help Ukraine through its economic crisis and to resolve the standoff over gas, repeating a threat to cut exports if Kiev fails to pay in advance for June deliveries.