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Apr 22, 2014

Crimea energy firm says better off under Russia

PARIS (Reuters) – Crimean oil and gas producer Chornomornaftohaz sees hope for the future from its new Russian owners and the possibility of doing business with Asia, after Kiev had failed to pay it anything for well over a year, a senior executive said.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula following a referendum last month, and Crimea took ownership of Ukrainian state assets on its territory including the region’s Black Sea natural gas fields and energy company Chornomornaftohaz.

Apr 17, 2014

EU agrees to Putin’s call for gas security talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union told Russian President Vladimir Putin it is willing to hold talks with Moscow and Kiev on gas security as the bloc scrambles to defuse a deep political crisis over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, replying to a letter Putin sent last week to 18 EU countries, accepted Putin’s proposal for three-way talks.

Apr 16, 2014

EU politicians back 6.5 billion euro fishing reform budget

BRUSSELS, April 16 (Reuters) – The European Parliament voted
on Wednesday to hand out 6.5 billion euros ($8.9 billion) to
help the fishing industry cope with radical EU reforms to cut
the size of their catches.

The funding agreement for the years 2014-2020, backed by the
European Parliament in Strasbourg, is the final piece of a
series of fisheries reforms that EU member states have haggled
over since April 2009.

Apr 16, 2014

European Parliamentarians back measures against ‘invasive aliens’

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – The European Parliament backed a law
on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife
out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get

The new law seeks tougher border controls, to introduce an
early warning system and to ensure rapid response and management
of any invaders, such as tiger mosquitoes and demon shrimps.

Apr 15, 2014

EU lawmakers vote for redesign to make trucks safer and greener

BRUSSELS, April 15 (Reuters) – European trucks will be
transformed to make driver cabs more aerodynamic, cutting
emissions and improving safety, under new rules backed by EU
politicians on Tuesday that could divide the industry due to the

Campaigners hailed the vote at the European Parliament in
Strasbourg as the beginning of the end of trucks’ brick-shaped
cabs blamed for cyclist and pedestrian deaths because of poor
driver visibility.

Apr 9, 2014

New EU rules on energy funding phase out subsidies for renewables

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Funding green energy will become harder under EU rules published on Wednesday designed to replace subsidies with market-based schemes, just when the Ukraine crisis has heightened the need for alternatives to imported fossil fuel.

The executive European Commission said the guidelines, which will be gradually phased in, strike a necessary balance after fierce political debate about the cost of green subsidies.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU to meet on Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine will meet at ministerial level next week to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the EU said on Tuesday, offering a glimpse of possible diplomatic progress in the conflict.

The meeting will involve U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia, the EU said.

Apr 8, 2014

EU, Ukraine hold talks on gas as tension with Moscow climbs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s energy minister, EU officials and industry representatives held talks on Tuesday on cutting reliance on Russian gas as tension with Moscow drove home the urgency of finding alternative energy sources and supply routes.

Concerns reached a new pitch after pro-Moscow protesters seized buildings in eastern Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland, which Kiev said is a replay of events in Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed last month.

Apr 7, 2014

EU study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects.

The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5 percent to 33.6 percent.

Apr 7, 2014

EU, Ukraine to hold talks on risk of Russian gas cut-off

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU officials will meet Ukraine’s energy minister on Tuesday as well as review the bloc’s own gas storage levels as fears grow that rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev might lead to a cut-off of gas supplies.

At midnight a deadline expires for Ukraine to reduce the $2.2 billion debt it owes Moscow for natural gas deliveries. So far Ukraine has offered no payments, Moscow says, raising the risk of supply disruption, with possible knock-on effects for the European Union.