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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.

Apr 23, 2013

Malaria turns comedy’s Richard Curtis from laughter to tears

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels and Washington are the two great lobbying capitals of the world, where campaigners talk themselves hoarse trying to shift the political dial.

Some of them have had the fortune to recruit British director and screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose powers of persuasion move hearts as well as minds.

Apr 22, 2013

Serbia’s oil firm NIS aims to expand, EU can help -CEO

BRUSSELS, April 22 (Reuters) – A deal that opens the way for
Serbia to join the European Union can help to boost sales and
extend the reach of its oil firm NIS, majority-owned by Russia’s
Gazprom Neft, its CEO said.

Serbia on Friday agreed to cede its last foothold in the
former province of Kosovo and the European Commission, the EU
executive, on Monday recommended talks begin on bringing Serbia
into the European Union.

Apr 18, 2013

EU must avoid TAP versus Nabucco squabble-energy chief

BRUSSELS, April 18 (Reuters) – EU ministers must avoid
fruitless debate over which of two rival pipeline projects is
the way to cut reliance on Russian gas and both pipelines could
be built one day, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said
in a letter seen by Reuters.

The EU executive is anxious to present a united front, while
dominant supplier Russia attempts a divide-and-rule strategy by
negotiating gas supplies with individual EU member states with
conflicting interests.

Apr 16, 2013

EU parliament rejects carbon market rescue fix

STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS, April 16 (Reuters) – European Union
politicians rejected a plan to prop up the world’s biggest
carbon market on Tuesday, sending it plunging to a new record
low and raising questions about its survival.

After months of bitter debate, a plenary session of European
Parliament in Strasbourg rejected by 19 votes a Commission
proposal to temporarily remove some of the oversupply that has
overwhelmed the market for permits to emit carbon dioxide.