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Sep 26, 2014

EU lawmakers target Spanish nominee in threat to new executive

BRUSSELS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Anger among left-wing EU
lawmakers at the choice of a Spanish conservative to run the
bloc’s climate change policies could disrupt the process of
installing a new executive for the European Union in the next

Miguel Arias Canete is among several of incoming European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 27-strong team who
may face a rough ride in parliamentary confirmation hearings
next week in Brussels. A veto on any of them could hold up the
installation of the whole executive, due on Nov. 1.

Sep 25, 2014

EU orders Germany to stop using banned car refrigerant

BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The European Commission on
Thursday ordered Germany to stop using a banned car refrigerant
within two months or face court action and possible fines.

The EU executive’s decision follows months of investigation
by the Commission after German luxury carmaker Daimler
refused to stop using a highly polluting coolant and
won backing from German authorities.

Sep 22, 2014

EU regulators say will approve British EDF nuclear project

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (Reuters) – European Union state aid
regulators will clear Britain’s plan to build a 16 billion-pound
($26.15 billion) nuclear plant with French utility EDF,
a European Commission official said on Monday.

The project at Hinkley Point in southwest England is crucial
to Britain’s plan to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power
and coal plants over the coming decade, while France sees it as
a major export contract that will boost its nuclear industry.

Sep 17, 2014

EU regulators set to clear Britain’s 19 billion euro nuclear project – sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union state aid regulators are set to approve Britain’s 19-billion-euro (£15 billion) plan to build a nuclear plant with French utility EDF, several people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The case is important for Britain, which wants to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power and coal plants over the coming decade, and for France, whose nuclear sector would benefit from the major export contract.

Sep 17, 2014

EU food producers set for more cash to help with Russian ban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU officials are drawing up new measures to help food producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports and will publish them over the coming days, the European Commission said.

Moscow in August imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

Sep 16, 2014

Citing Ukraine tension, EU seeks more time for Opal gas pipeline decision

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU authorities, citing tension in Ukraine, have asked for a delay until at least the end of October on whether to allow Russia greater access to the Opal natural gas pipeline in northeastern Germany, a letter seen by Reuters shows.

Russian gas exporter Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is currently allowed only limited access to the pipeline under a European Union law which seeks to prevent energy suppliers from dominating infrastructure.

Aug 30, 2014

EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine on Saturday but, fearful of a new Cold War and self-inflicted harm to their own economies, should give Moscow another chance to make peace.

At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union’s top jobs to Poland’s premier and give hawkish Kremlin critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence in the bloc, EU officials gave Ukraine’s embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further economic and other support.

Aug 28, 2014

EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.

Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic sanctions over Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

Aug 20, 2014

Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Environmental
campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether
Europe should follow California’s lead and include road
transport in the EU carbon market.

Bringing transport – Europe’s biggest source of greenhouse
gas emissions after the power sector – into the EU Emissions
Trading System (ETS) could bring down the costs the car industry
faces in meeting existing regulation as well as tackling the
oversupply on the carbon market.

Aug 20, 2014

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Already from Sept. 1, slightly tougher EU testing standards will be enforced, in line with a global push for accuracy. More-stringent standards are likely to be opposed by automakers.