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Feb 3, 2015

EU policy-makers seek to make electric transport a ‘priority’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Electric vehicles should be “a high priority”, the European Commission says in a discussion paper that maps out its vision for a single energy union based on improved power and gas connections and the free flow of fuel across the European Union.

Some business interests, including major utilities, such as E.ON, as well as environmental groups, have been pushing for more focus on electric vehicles.

Jan 28, 2015

EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

BRUSSELS, Jan 28 (Reuters) – European Union president Latvia
will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after
the European Commission’s plan to withdraw the proposals was
rejected by many lawmakers.

Air pollution from traffic and industry is responsible for
about 400,000 premature deaths per year in the European Union,
according to Commission data.

Jan 26, 2015

Poland criticizes bilateral trade deals with Moscow after French accord

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – Poland led EU criticism of bilateral farm deals with Moscow on Monday following a French accord with Russia to lift its ban on live pig and pork imports, saying they broke the “principle of European solidarity”.

Pressure is mounting on the European Union to consider tougher sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in Ukraine. European Union foreign ministers will meet in emergency session on Thursday.

Jan 26, 2015

South Sudan finds hope in honey

Jan 26 (Reuters) – A harvest of honey from the equatorial
forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and,
through the pollination of bees, improve the nation’s crop
yields, those involved say.

Spring production over the coming weeks is expected to
deliver 60 tonnes, double the volume of an initial batch of
exports last year to Kenya.

Jan 22, 2015

European Parliament committee fails to agree on carbon reform date

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A European Parliament committee, in a surprise about-turn, rejected on Thursday a previous vote to begin carbon market reforms in 2021, clearing the way for another body next month to back action to prop up the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

To try to bolster carbon prices and spur industry to switch to greener energy, the EU’s executive European Commission has proposed a plan to remove hundreds of millions of surplus carbon allowances (EUAs) from the market from 2021.

Jan 20, 2015

EU parliament committee drops 2019 carbon reform option -sources

BRUSSELS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – EU politicians have dropped a
compromise plan to begin action in 2019 to revive the carbon
market, parliamentary sources said on Tuesday, ahead of a vote
this week viewed as a test of the European Parliament’s appetite
for early reform.

The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is designed to make
polluters pay for their emissions but a surplus of more than 2
billion carbon allowances generated by economic crisis has
crushed the market.

Jan 19, 2015

EU politicians seek to revive sluggish carbon market

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – European politicians are expected this week to back by a narrow majority early action to bolster prices on the EU carbon market and sharpen a weapon against climate change that recession has blunted.

Thursday’s vote, one of several legislative stages, will be closely watched by traders.

Jan 16, 2015

Germany wants robust single energy market, at odds with Britain

BRUSSELS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Europe’s energy union needs to
be bolstered by EU laws binding on each nation, Germany said in
a policy paper seen by Reuters that sets it at odds with

The European Commission, the EU executive, is expected to
publish proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market
in the coming weeks as part of a drive to curb dependence on
Europe’s dominant energy supplier Russia.

Jan 15, 2015

Two reported dead in Belgian counter-terrorism raid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two people were killed during a raid on suspected Islamist radicals in the Belgian town of Verviers on Thursday, local media said, raising concerns about security in Europe a week after Islamists killed 17 people in Paris.

Judiciary officials confirmed only that a counter-terrorism operation took place near the centre of the town, in the east of the country between the city of Liege and the German border. They plan a news briefing at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT).

Jan 15, 2015

Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change.

Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power.