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May 22, 2013

EU leaders pursue shale gas dream in Brussels talks

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) – European leaders discussed the
region’s reserves of shale gas at a summit on Wednesday, but the
prospect of the continent enjoying a U.S.-style shale boom that
drastically cuts energy costs remains elusive.

Arriving at the summit, British Prime Minister David
Cameron, whose government is advancing plans to exploit his
country’s shale gas deposits, said Europe could not afford to be
left behind as the world scrambles to develop the resource.

May 21, 2013

Shale gas, energy costs vex EU leaders

BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – European leaders will discuss
plans to exploit shale gas in summit talks on Wednesday as part
of a decades-long quest to develop more secure and competitive
energy supplies.

The 27-nation bloc finds itself looking on with envy as its
biggest economic rival, the United States, exploits vast
reserves of shale gas, delivering drastically reduced fuel
costs.

May 16, 2013

Cyprus gas has big role in weakening Russia gas role

BRUSSELS/NICOSIA, May 16 (Reuters) – Cyprus could use its
reserves of gas to meet up to 40 percent of Europe’s additional
gas needs over the next decade, helping to curb the European
Union’s reliance on Russia, the head of the island’s national
gas firm said.

Europe has hopes Eastern Mediterranean gas reserves can help
to diversify its supply sources, as well as easing Cyprus’s
economic pain and potentially playing a role in healing the rift
between the northern and southern parts of the island.

May 13, 2013

Airbus to China: We support you, please buy our jets

BRUSSELS, May 13 (Reuters) – China’s decision to ease a
boycott of some $11 billion in Airbus jet orders followed a
high-level appeal from the planemaker urging Beijing to
recognise its support over a trade row with Europe, a letter
seen by Reuters shows.

It gives a glimpse into the intensity of the lobbying in the
dispute, which helped persuade the European Union to freeze a
law on regulating international aviation emissions.

May 13, 2013

Exclusive: Airbus to China: We support you, please buy our jets

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China’s decision to ease a boycott of some $11 billion in Airbus jet orders followed a high-level appeal from the planemaker urging Beijing to recognize its support over a trade row with Europe, a letter seen by Reuters shows.

It gives a glimpse into the intensity of the lobbying in the dispute, which helped persuade the European Union to freeze a law on regulating international aviation emissions.

May 9, 2013

EU ponders energy tariffs freeze for steelmakers-sources

BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
asked EU member states to consider removing tariffs on energy
intensive industry, in an action plan drawn up for the steel
industry, EU sources said.

The impact of energy costs on the competitiveness of EU
industry has shot up the political agenda following a shale gas
revolution in the United States, which has delivered a glut of
cheap natural gas to aid the U.S. economy.

May 7, 2013

EU Parliament committee backs built-in speed limit for new vans

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) – The top speed of vans in the
European Union should be electronically limited to 120 km (75
miles) per hour, according to a proposal backed by the European
Parliament’s environment committee.

The plan is part of a debate on how to cut carbon emissions
and improve the fuel efficiency of Europe’s vehicles. It would
only become law if approved by EU member states.

May 7, 2013

EU leaders to look at energy costs in post-shale world-draft

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) – EU heads of state and government
will seek ways to limit the impact of energy costs on European
competitiveness at a summit this month, a draft document seen by
Reuters showed.

European industry says it is disadvantaged because of the
price it pays for energy compared with the United States, where
the shale gas revolution has drastically lowered costs.

May 3, 2013

Ukraine, EU discuss energy hub to dilute Moscow’s gas power

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine is working to become an
energy hub, producing its own gas, developing storage and
importing from both the European Union and Russia, Ukraine’s
visiting energy minister said.

The European Union is pressing for agreements to be sealed
with Ukraine by the end of this year as both parties seek to
dilute Russia’s dominance as a gas supplier.

Apr 24, 2013

EU politicians back compromise on car emission targets

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU politicians on Wednesday backed a compromise deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles from 2020 and also called for a 2025 target that would make cars even more fuel efficient.

The proposal still has to be voted on by the full European Parliament and needs the endorsement of member states, notably Germany, which has led calls for leeway for its carmakers at a time that the industry is suffering from recession and reduced demand.