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Jul 9, 2013

Commodity warehouse ownership rules need rethink -report

BRUSSELS/LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Conflicts of interest
over ownership of commodity warehouses can inflate prices of raw
materials such as aluminium, a report by two Brussels
think-tanks said on Tuesday.

It is likely to add to market pressure to reform the London
Metal Exchange’s (LME) storage system, in which companies such
as Glencore and Goldman Sachs have been able to
make profits from holding big inventories.

Jul 9, 2013

Oil price agency fires back at EU benchmark reform plan

LONDON/BRUSSELS, July 9 (Reuters) – Rigorous legislation
proposed by the European Commission on financial benchmarks
could destroy transparency in the oil market and force up energy
costs for consumers and industry, oil price publisher Argus
Media said on Tuesday.

The new rules aim to regulate oil price reporting agencies
(PRAs), whose daily assessments are used as benchmarks to settle
physical and derivative deals worth billions, as well as the
market sources who submit data to them.

Jul 9, 2013

EU warns Germany over Mercedes car coolant

BRUSSELS/BERLIN, July 9 (Reuters) – The European Commission
has warned Germany it faces possible action over Daimler’s
refusal to remove a banned refrigerant from new cars,
after France moved to block most Mercedes sales within its
borders.

France has halted registrations of non-compliant Mercedes
models, the EU executive also confirmed on Tuesday, the latest
sign of tension between Germany and its European partners over
the direction of auto industry policy and regulation.

Jul 2, 2013

EU carbon market expects narrow win in crucial rescue vote

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a compromise plan to try to prop up the EU emissions market, the world’s biggest carbon trading scheme.

The market has priced in a yes vote, which would be a vote of confidence for the future of the scheme, but politicians and analysts said it was likely to be tight.

Jun 28, 2013

Ship owners will have to count CO2 emissions under EU plan

BRUSSELS, June 28 (Reuters) – Owners of large ships using EU
ports will have to measure and report annual carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions from January 2018 under proposals the European
Commission published on Friday.

The plans stop short of including shipping emissions in the
EU carbon market, but the Commission says they can still have an
impact and are part of its work towards global emissions
agreements.

Jun 27, 2013

German lobbying delays EU car emissions deal

BRUSSELS/PARIS, June 27 (Reuters) – German lobbying has
halted a deal to enforce stricter rules on carbon dioxide
emissions for all new cars in the European Union from 2020, EU
sources said on Thursday.

The compromise deal was hammered out late on Monday to
enforce a limit of 95 grams per kilometre (g/km) as an average
across the EU fleet by 2020.

Jun 27, 2013

Funds warn EU energy policy is not investment friendly

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) – Pensions, insurers and other
funds responsible for 7.5 trillion euros ($9.75 trillion) in
assets said investment is likely to shun the European Union
unless it can draw up new energy and climate policy before the
end of the year.

Representing more than 80 of Europe’s largest investors,
including HSBC Investments, Mercer Global Investments
Europe and the BT Pension Scheme, the group on Thursday urged
the EU executive not to delay draft law on 2030 policy.

Jun 26, 2013

Germany seeks to derail EU compromise deal on cars

BERLIN/BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – Germany is working to
derail a compromise deal to enforce stricter rules on carbon
dioxide emissions for all new cars in the European Union from
2020, EU sources said on Wednesday.

Government sources in Berlin said Germany would not support
the deal reached early this week to enforce a new CO2 limit of
95 grams per kilometre (g/km) as an average across the EU fleet.

Jun 24, 2013

EU reaches deal on 2020 auto emissions law

BRUSSELS, June 24 (Reuters) – The European Union late on
Monday agreed a compromise deal to enforce stricter rules on
carbon dioxide emissions for all new EU automobiles from 2020.

The outline agreement on implementing a target of 95 grams
of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g/km) still needs the official
endorsement of EU member states.

Jun 24, 2013

Prize-winning pianist caught between anger and ecstasy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Competitions are for horses, not for artists was the verdict of the great Hungarian composer and pianist Bela Bartok.

And there is a part of Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, declared winner on June 1 of one of the world’s most prestigious and grueling music contests, that agrees.