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Oct 5, 2012

48 hours on the Belgian coast

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – Belgium’s 72-km (44-mile) stretch of coast is distinguished by the world’s longest unbroken tramway to take beach-lovers from the Dutch border to the edge of France or vice-versa.

Mostly, it’s a very urban experience. High-rise development dominates and the challenge is to winkle out the remnants of graceful art-deco and unspoiled nature.

Oct 5, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours on the Belgian coast

OSTEND, Belgium, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Belgium’s 72-km (44-mile)
stretch of coast is distinguished by the world’s longest
unbroken tramway to take beach-lovers from the Dutch border to
the edge of France or vice-versa.

Mostly, it’s a very urban experience. High-rise development
dominates and the challenge is to winkle out the remnants of
graceful art-deco and unspoiled nature.

Oct 4, 2012

Tougher EU emissions limits on vans would save firms cash-report

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The EU proposes less stringent
carbon dioxide emissions limits for vans than for cars and
making the van goals as tough would save fuel costs for
companies that own them, Dutch consultancy TNO said, adding to
criticism the bloc’s policy is too timid.

The European Commission in July announced proposals for
binding 2020 carbon dioxide limits for cars and vans, which will
be debated by member states over coming months. It is also
expected to issue a policy document around the end of this year
to prepare for limits beyond 2020.

Oct 4, 2012

Nuclear operators must act now on safety-EU

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Regulators and operators should
act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy
commissioner said on Thursday, following inspections across the
European Union.

The stress tests, carried out in the aftermath of the
Fukushima disaster, found safety improvements costing between 10
billion ($12.90 billion) and 25 billion euros were necessary in
European plants, a draft seen by Reuters showed this week.

Oct 4, 2012

Exclusive: EU poised to agree ban on Iranian gas imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas as part of a set of new measures to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme, diplomats said on Thursday.

Diplomats from EU member states have started preparing a package of sanctions against Iran with a goal of formally adopting them at a meeting of foreign ministers on October 15 in Luxembourg.

Oct 4, 2012

EU: nuclear operators should act now on safety

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nuclear regulators and operators should act now to improve safety at nuclear power plants, the EU energy commissioner said on Thursday, following a series of inspections across the European Union.

The nuclear stress tests, carried out in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, found safety improvements costing anywhere between 10 billion $12.90 billion) and 25 billion euros were necessary in European plants, according to a draft seen by Reuters earlier this week.

Oct 4, 2012

EU poised to agree ban on Iranian gas imports-sources

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The European Union is poised to
ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to
ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear
programme, diplomats said on Thursday.

Diplomats from EU member states have started preparing a
package of sanctions against Iran with a goal of formally
adopting them at a meeting of foreign ministers on Oct. 15 in
Luxembourg.

Oct 2, 2012

EU nuclear reactors need 10-25 billion euros safety spend

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s nuclear reactors need investment of 10-25 billion euros, a draft European Commission report said, following a safety review designed to ensure a disaster like Japan’s Fukushima cannot happen.

The Commission is expected to finalize the stress test report by Thursday and then it will be debated by EU ministers later this month.

Oct 2, 2012

EU nuclear reactors need 10-25 bln euros of safety spending

BRUSSELS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Europe’s nuclear reactor fleet
needs investment of 10 billion to 25 billion euros, a draft
Commission report said, following a safety review designed to
ensure there is never a repeat of the Fukushima nuclear
disaster.

The report is expected to be finalised by Thursday and
debated by EU ministers later this month.

Sep 28, 2012

EU moves step closer to non-Russia gas link-up

BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Europe moved a step closer to
loosening Russia’s grip on European Union energy supplies after
Italy, Albania and Greece signed an agreement supporting the
construction of a pipeline to deliver gas from Azerbaijan.

At a ceremony in New York on Thursday, the three countries
signed a memorandum of understanding bringing the Trans-Adriatic
Pipeline (TAP) closer to reality, although building was not
likely to commence until 2014 or 2015.