BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed to suspend visa and investment talks with Russia on Thursday in reaction to its seizure of Crimea, and said they would freeze Russian assets and withdraw from a G8 summit if Russia does not reverse course.
After six hours of talks to discuss how to respond to Russia’s maneuvers against Ukraine, EU leaders took more far-reaching action than expected, spurred in part by a decision in the Crimean parliament to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – European Union countries such
as Poland and Greece are worried they may face gas shortages and
economic damage if Russia stops pumping the fuel to Ukraine,
with Kiev facing a Friday deadline to pay Moscow a $2 billion
EU authorities on Monday convened an urgent session of the
bloc’s Gas Coordination Group, set up following previous energy
disputes between Moscow and Kiev, to assess contingencies “in
case a major disruption takes place” following Russia’s seizure
of Ukraine’s Crimea region, a document seen by Reuters shows.
BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters) – The European Union on Tuesday
reached a preliminary deal on a law that will exempt long-haul
flights from paying for carbon emissions until 2016, EU sources
The deal is a further weakening of the bloc’s stance
following immense international pressure and threats of a trade
BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters) – European Union policymakers
are concerned about the risk of gas shortages in Ukraine, but
there is no immediate threat to supplies in Europe, where stocks
are high after a mild winter, Energy Commissioner Guenther
Oettinger said on Tuesday.
Ukraine has strategic importance as a major gas transit
nation for supplies from Russia to the European Union, which
relies on Russia for about a quarter of its gas.
BRUSSELS, March 3 (Reuters) – Thirteen ministers on Monday
urged the European Union to reach agreement on the main elements
of 2030 environment and energy policy this month or risk
deterring investors and delaying efforts to get a global deal on
Among the rest of the 28 EU member states, the most
prominent opposition has come from Poland, which says there is
no hurry to reach a political deal.
BRUSSELS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A European Union summit in
March billed as a step in the bloc’s efforts to combat climate
change will focus on strengthening Europe’s industrial base, a
draft document seen by Reuters shows.
The draft is likely to increase worries among the
environmental lobby, which fears its argument that green jobs
are the best way to shore up Europe’s fragile economy is being
BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – EU politicians voted for a new
anti-tobacco law on Wednesday that forces cigarette makers to
increase the size of health warnings on packets and for the
first time regulates electronic cigarettes.
Campaigners say the vote marked a turning point for public
health, but that intensive industry lobbying had reduced the
impact of a law designed to tackle an estimated 700,000
tobacco-related deaths in Europe every year.
BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Projects to deliver a next
generation of green transport fuel, which new research says
could cut EU oil consumption by millions of tonnes per year, are
on hold because of an EU policy vacuum, representatives of the
Specific EU targets for low carbon transport fuel expire in
2020 and suggested EU climate and energy policy for 2030, to be
discussed by EU ministers in Brussels next week, includes only
an overall carbon-cutting goal for all energy.
BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Some European politicians and
transparency campaigners have raised concerns about German
luxury carmakers Audi and BMW providing free cars to EU member
states while negotiations were under way over strict new
The immediate concern is sponsorship involving the free loan
of scores of luxury cars to five countries over a 2-1/2-year
period that coincided with the debate over new limits for carbon
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.
As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kiev including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.