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Nov 13, 2014

New EU bosses want to scrap some green energy laws -draft

BRUSSELS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – European Union rules on low
energy appliances, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, are
among a welter of green laws the new European Commission is
proposing to review or scrap, according to a document seen by

Eco-design and energy labelling directives sparked a media
furore in Eurosceptic Britain, where newspapers seized on public
indignation that the EU had issued legislation dictating how
powerful vacuum cleaners should be. Vacuum cleaners were not
mentioned in the document.

Nov 13, 2014

EU bag law stirs up Italy-UK row over “good” plastic and bad

BRUSSELS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A draft EU law to tackle
Europe’s mountain of plastic bags has pitched Italy, Britain and
their rival eco-packaging firms against each other, as efforts
to hammer out the details enter the final stage.

The executive European Commission last year proposed to
limit the number of thin, single-use plastic bags handed out in
shops but stopped short of an outright ban.

Oct 29, 2014

Gas deal still eludes Ukraine and Russia at EU talks

BRUSSELS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia bargained
late into the night on Wednesday but European Union officials
trying to broker a deal to resume gas supplies to Kiev as winter
sets in said there was still no accord to announce.

At talks in Brussels hosted by energy commissioner Guenther
Oettinger two days before he makes way for a new EU executive
team, officials cancelled an evening news conference at which
they had hoped to announce a deal after months of negotiation.

Oct 29, 2014

Ukraine, Russia try again to forge gas deal at Brussels talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia begin new gas crisis talks on Wednesday, but wrangling over Ukraine’s upfront cash payments threatens to push a deal out of reach, even as temperatures have fallen below zero in Kiev.

Russian state utility Gazprom halted supplies to Kiev in June because of Ukraine’s unpaid gas bill, which Moscow says is around $4.5 billion.

Oct 28, 2014

EU provisionally clears French, Italian budgets after tweaks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday that no euro zone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU rules for fiscal stability.

A day after Paris and Rome amended their 2015 budgets in the hope of avoiding censure from the European Union executive, the economics commissioner said no national budget had been so out of line it was rejected by an initial deadline of Wednesday. Detailed analysis will continue next month, Commissioner Jyrki Katainen added.

Oct 28, 2014

US regulator drops BP, Statoil oil price-fixing probe

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Oil majors BP and
Statoil said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
was closing a probe into anticompetitive practices in oil price
reporting, while a European official said the EU investigation
was still going on.

European Commission officials in May 2013 raided the offices
of oil majors BP, Shell and Statoil as part of an
investigation of suspected manipulation of oil and biofuel

Oct 28, 2014

UK energy minister sees rapid reform of EU carbon market

BRUSSELS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Plans to accelerate reform of
Europe’s carbon market could be finalised as soon as April,
building on the momentum from last week’s EU deal on green
energy policy, Britain’s energy and climate minister said on

The EU has been debating proposals to strengthen its
Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), meant to be the bloc’s sharpest
tool in shifting to a low carbon economy but blunted by a
surplus of spare pollution permits.

Oct 28, 2014

EU welcomes French, Italian budget tweaks as readies decision on deficits

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission called tweaks to France and Italy’s 2015 budgets “useful and constructive” on Tuesday as it prepared to decide whether the countries’ efforts to curb their deficits have been enough to meet EU rules.

“We are still analysing the information that was sent to us by Italy and France in particular,” a Commission spokesman said on Tuesday in response to a question on whether Paris would avoid a demand from Brussels for further budget changes.

Oct 28, 2014

EU on track so far with green energy goals, 2030 a challenge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU nations have work to do to meet new green energy goals agreed last week, as increased fossil fuel burning last year drove up pollution in some countries, although the bloc is on track to meet its earlier targets, official data showed on Tuesday.

The figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed the European Union’s overall emissions fell by 1.8 percent in 2013 versus 2012, meaning it has already met a 2020 goal to cut pollution by 20 percent versus 1990.

Oct 24, 2014

EU climate change goal pits green business against industry

BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A European Union goal to cut
greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday,
sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change,
pitting heavy industry against green business.

Industry bosses said they faced big challenges to adapt,
while greener firms said the EU had aimed too low to spur
low-carbon investment and climate campaigners said concessions
to polluters made it “a dirty thirty”, not a 2030 deal.