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Oct 2, 2013

EU agrees to bend on aviation emissions, still faces resistance

BRUSSELS/MONTREAL (Reuters) – European countries expressed support for an “imperfect” compromise to curb global aviation emissions on Wednesday but still face pressure to drop a key demand – to be able to apply the EU’s carbon trading scheme to foreign air carriers.

Delegates to the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are meeting in Montreal to try to hammer out a global agreement to set a path toward creating a global market-based mechanism by 2020 that would help limit growing carbon emissions in the sector.

Oct 2, 2013

Nobel laureates press EU leaders on tar sands law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Twenty-one Nobel laureates including South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu have written to European Union leaders urging them to implement a law that would label oil from tar sands as dirtier than other crudes.

The EU tar sands proposal has incensed the government of Canada, whose economy is highly dependent on its vast reserves of unconventional oil and it has overshadowed protracted talks on a trade treaty with the European Union.

Oct 2, 2013

EU policy-makers grapple with scope of commodity trade law

BRUSSELS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – European Union policy-makers
have alarmed traders with plans to impose size limits on
physical commodity deals, a step campaigners say is needed to
crack down on speculators blamed for pushing up food and energy
prices.

The proposed changes to EU rules that could come into effect
from next year would deal a shock to multi-trillion dollar
markets used to trading beyond regulatory scrutiny.

Oct 2, 2013

Top EU powers backing down over aviation emissions-sources

BRUSSELS/MONTREAL, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Britain, France and
Germany are ready to water down the EU’s position on aviation
emissions to try to strike a global deal after some regions
threatened a trade war when the EU put in place restrictions on
its own, sources close to the talks said.

But the sources said the shift in stance by the countries
could jeopardise the EU’s carbon trading scheme – the central
plank of its climate policy – and put them on collision course
with the European Parliament, which could reintroduce the EU
emissions restrictions if it is not happy with a global deal.

Oct 1, 2013

Poland pits itself against EU climate promises

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European ministers are sharply divided over proposed promises on carbon cuts as part of U.N. negotiations, a draft document shows, with Poland at the forefront of opposition.

A meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg on October 14 is meant to agree a joint EU stance ahead of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in November and December.

Sep 29, 2013

Ruffled feathers after China detains Bolt, world’s priciest pigeon

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Feathers are flying after
Chinese authorities seized hundreds of Belgian pigeons,
including Bolt, the world’s most expensive racer, sold for
310,000 euros ($419,800) earlier this year.

Bolt was released last Thursday, together with 400 of his
feathered friends, but a further 1,200 racing pigeons are still
captive because of a dispute over import duties.

Sep 27, 2013

French carmakers back German bid to delay CO2 curbs – sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany has enlisted French carmakers’ support for a last-ditch bid to delay new EU vehicle emissions limits by four years as it battles to win more time for its luxury auto industry, government officials and diplomats said.

Berlin wants to re-open and water down draft carbon dioxide goals agreed in June by introducing the phase-in period, under a proposal circulated by diplomats on Friday and seen by Reuters.

Sep 27, 2013

Exclusive: French carmakers back German bid to delay CO2 curbs – sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany has enlisted French carmakers’ support for a last-ditch bid to delay new EU vehicle emissions limits by four years as it battles to win more time for its luxury auto industry, government officials and diplomats said.

Berlin wants to re-open and water down draft carbon dioxide goals agreed in June by introducing the phase-in period, under a proposal circulated by diplomats on Friday and seen by Reuters.

Sep 27, 2013

French carmakers back German bid to delay EU carbon limits-sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Germany has enlisted
French carmakers’ support for a last-ditch bid to delay
implementation of EU carbon dioxide limits by four years,
government officials and diplomats said on Friday.

Berlin wants to re-open and weaken draft car emissions rules
agreed in June by introducing the phase-in period, under a
proposal circulated by German diplomats and seen by Reuters.

Sep 25, 2013

High energy costs hamper EU industry – Commission

BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – EU nations will be left far behind the United
States unless they address high energy costs that are worsening the continent’s
industrial decline, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

To tackle the issue the Commission, the EU executive, is preparing a policy
document for later this year followed by an EU summit in February 2014 focused
on industry, EU sources said.