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Mar 13, 2014

EU, U.S. to commit to remove all duties on transatlantic trade

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and European Union leaders will promise to remove all tariffs on bilateral trade at a summit on March 26, an ambitious step towards the world’s largest free-trade deal, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

The joint declaration, if delivered as laid out in the draft, seeks to overcome tensions following Washington’s offer to cut its duties by less than the Europeans had hoped for and after Brussels pledged to remove almost all of its own tariffs.

Mar 13, 2014

Obama, EU to stand together on climate change draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month will throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, a document seen by Reuters says, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal.

But the guarded, diplomatic language is likely to disappoint environmentalists calling for urgent, ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Mar 13, 2014

EU compromise on airline emissions faces opposition

LONDON/BRUSSELS, March 13 (Reuters) – A number of EU
politicians plan to vote against a deal to exempt long-haul
flights from paying for carbon emissions until the end of 2016
in an attempt to prevent the European Union from bowing to
international pressure.

The European Parliament’s 71-member Environment Committee
will vote on March 19 on a deal brokered by EU diplomats earlier
in March to extend a so-called “stop the clock” measure
exempting intercontinental flights from regulation under its
Emissions Trading System (ETS).

Mar 12, 2014

EU parliament excludes shale gas from tougher environmental code

BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) – EU politicians on Wednesday voted for tougher
rules on exposing the environmental impact of oil and conventional gas
exploration, while excluding shale gas.

Member states such as Britain and Poland are pushing hard for the
development of shale gas, seen as one way to lessen dependence on Russian gas,
as well as to lower energy costs as it has in the United States.

Mar 12, 2014

EU parliament backs law to curb “super” greenhouse gases

LONDON/BRUSSELS March 12 (Reuters) – The European Parliament
on Wednesday backed a law to curb the use of “super” greenhouse
gases used in fridges and air conditioners, which have a global
warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon
dioxide.

Lawmakers meeting in Strasbourg, France voted 644 to 19 in
favour of a European Commission proposal to cut the use of
climate-harming hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs or ‘F-gases’,
by 79 percent below average 2009-2012 levels by 2030.

Mar 11, 2014

Ukraine crisis spurs EU to cut reliance on Russian gas

BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of the
Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew
efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by
developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater
access to abundant U.S. resources.

Ukraine is an important transit route for shipping Russian
gas by pipeline to the EU, which relies on Moscow for about a
third of its supplies.

Mar 11, 2014

EU leaders to urge greater effort to cut gas imports

BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – European Union leaders will
call for greater efforts to cut reliance on imported gas at a
Brussels summit next week, a draft document shows, underlining
their concern about strained relations with dominant energy
supplier Russia over Ukraine.

Ukraine is a transit route for shipping Russian gas to the
EU, which relies on Russia for about a third of its supplies.

Mar 10, 2014

EU deals blow to two big Russian gas pipeline projects

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS, March 10 (Reuters) – Brussels dealt a
blow on Monday to two major Russian pipeline projects to supply
natural gas to Europe, in the latest sign of strains in the
energy links between Moscow and the European Union.

Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region has already
shaken political relations between Russia and the European
Union.

Mar 6, 2014

EU sets out three steps to pressure Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed to suspend visa and investment talks with Russia on Thursday in reaction to its seizure of Crimea, and said they would freeze Russian assets and withdraw from a G8 summit if Russia does not reverse course.

After six hours of talks to discuss how to respond to Russia’s maneuvers against Ukraine, EU leaders took more far-reaching action than expected, spurred in part by a decision in the Crimean parliament to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Mar 6, 2014

Europe fears gas shortages if Russia cuts off Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – European Union countries such
as Poland and Greece are worried they may face gas shortages and
economic damage if Russia stops pumping the fuel to Ukraine,
with Kiev facing a Friday deadline to pay Moscow a $2 billion
energy bill.

EU authorities on Monday convened an urgent session of the
bloc’s Gas Coordination Group, set up following previous energy
disputes between Moscow and Kiev, to assess contingencies “in
case a major disruption takes place” following Russia’s seizure
of Ukraine’s Crimea region, a document seen by Reuters shows.