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Feb 13, 2015

Even with Turkish Stream, Russia can’t avoid sending gas via Ukraine

BRUSSELS/ESSEN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s plan to cut out Ukraine as a gas transit route is unrealistic because the EU will seek non-Russian gas rather than build the links it would need to Moscow’s proposed new pipeline to Turkey, industry sources and analysts say.

Last year, as violence flared in eastern Ukraine and Moscow faced new sanctions, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had axed the South Stream gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Bulgaria, designed to bypass Ukraine and ship gas straight to the European Union.

Feb 12, 2015

EU re-imposes sanctions on Iranian oil tanker firm

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union governments
agreed on Thursday to put the National Iranian Tanker Company
(NITC), Iran’s biggest tanker firm, back on a list of sanctioned
firms.

The EU’s second-highest court ruled last July there were no
grounds to blacklist the NITC after it contested the
designation, but the EU moved to re-impose sanctions on tighter
legal grounds.

Feb 12, 2015

EU leaders to urge stricter border checks in counter-terror drive

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union leaders are set
to call on Thursday for stricter checks on travellers entering
the passport-free Schengen area and increased
information-sharing as part of a revamped counter-terrorism
strategy following the Paris attacks.

Spain had suggested that the agreement governing the
26-nation Schengen zone might have to be amended to permit more
border checks on people suspected of terrorist links after 17
people were killed in a wave of violence in France last month
that began with an attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Feb 11, 2015

No need for early reform of EU carbon market – Dow Chemical

BRUSSELS, Feb 10 (Reuters) – One goal for U.N. climate talks
is to stop industry fleeing Europe to escape regulatory costs, a
Dow Chemical director said on Wednesday, adding there
was no need to intervene in the EU carbon market to drive up
prices.

The European Union has sought to lead efforts to curb
greenhouse gas emissions with its Emissions Trading System
(ETS), the world’s biggest carbon market. But it is currently
negotiating reforms, with some countries saying emissions
permits are too cheap to spur a shift to a low-carbon economy.

Feb 9, 2015

Exclusive: Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology – data

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

A document prepared late last year by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), marked confidential, comes the closest yet to providing official figures on how much the group’s 34 developed countries provide technology for coal industries outside their own economies.

Feb 9, 2015

Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology-data

BRUSSELS, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Rich nations provided nearly $15
billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of
coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by
Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most
polluting of the fossil fuels.

A document prepared late last year by the Paris-based
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
marked confidential, comes the closest yet to providing official
figures on how much the group’s 34 developed countries provide
technology for coal industries outside their own economies.

Feb 9, 2015

EU to exert ‘maximum pressure’ in seeking emissions cuts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will exert “maximum pressure” to extract by June at the latest pledges from major economies to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a document seen by Reuters says.

Mindful of the failure of its 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, the United Nations is preparing ahead of time for a U.N. conference that from late November will try to forge a new global climate deal.

Feb 6, 2015

Latvia plans to split gas utility in drive to liberalise market

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Latvia will aim to split utility
Latvijas Gaze next year, the economy minister said on
Friday, in line with EU liberalisation efforts and a drive to
reduce reliance on Russian natural gas imports.

Latvia faces an April 2017 EU deadline to liberalise its gas
market fully, at which time Latvijas Gaze’s sole right to sell
gas in Latvia expires.

Feb 6, 2015

EU energy chief says wants new Ukraine-Russia gas talks

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – EU energy boss Maros Sefcovic said
on Friday the European Union was looking to persuade Moscow to
open new gas price negotiations with Ukraine, a step that
Russia’s energy minister said he was ready to take only if
certain conditions were met.

A “winter package” between Kiev and Moscow brokered by the
European Commission runs until the end of March.

Feb 6, 2015

Europe looks to boost energy links, reduce Russian reliance

RIGA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Creation of a single European energy
market is the focus as ministers meet on Friday in Latvia aiming
to improve cross-border cooperation and reduce reliance on
imported Russian supplies.

Latvia and Baltic neighbours Estonia and Lithuania
historically have been dependent on Russian natural gas and
lacked the connections to other European Union nations needed to
diversify.