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Aug 3, 2012

Europe’s plan to control Azeri gas supply in jeopardy

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s plan to secure and control a supply of Azeri natural gas, backed by legal agreements, is in jeopardy as Azerbaijan joins forces with Turkey to own and operate the main export pipeline.

By creating a so-called Southern Corridor to bring in large volumes of central Asian gas, the European Commission hopes to reduce dependence on Russian gas and avoid supply disruptions caused by disputes between Russia and Ukraine over gas deliveries via Ukrainian territory.

Jul 29, 2012

German energy U-turn powers EU Saharan dream

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, July 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s decision
to abandon nuclear energy and dwindling domestic subsidies for
renewables have stoked a dazzlingly ambitious plan to expand
Europe’s energy market into North Africa, with an array of giant
solar and wind plants glinting in the desert sun.

Desertec, a German consortium set up in 2009, envisages
Europe will import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar
and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050.

Jul 26, 2012

U.S. ups the pressure on European Union in airline row

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Washington will ratchet up the pressure next week to find a global solution to a bitter row over an EU law that makes airlines that use European airports pay for carbon emissions.

In the U.S. Senate, the powerful commerce committee will hold a vote on Tuesday on a bipartisan bill that would make it illegal to comply with the EU law.

Jul 26, 2012

EU may criminalise commodities price distortion

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) – Manipulating international
commodity benchmarks such as Brent crude oil would be a
criminal offence, punishable by jail, under a set of reforms the
EU Commission has proposed in response to the rigging of a major
interest reference rate.

The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, announced on
Wednesday plans to tighten supervision of financial benchmarks
after a scandal involving interbank lending rate Libor, used to
set prices for trillions of dollars of financial products.

Jul 25, 2012

EU Commission presents plan to boost carbon market

BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuters) – The European Commission
presented keenly-awaited plans to bolster the Emissions Trading
Scheme (ETS) by reducing a massive burden of surplus allowances
and urged member states to hurry them through by the year-end.

The proposals are the latest in a series of efforts to fix a
market designed to be the mainstay of the EU’s climate policy.

Jul 25, 2012

EU Commission to announce carbon market rescue plan

BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
outline a keenly-awaited plan on Wednesday to bolster the
Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by reducing a massive burden of
surplus allowances.

It is the latest of a string of efforts to fix a market,
which is designed to be the mainstay of the EU’s climate policy,
but in the past has been undermined by a series of scams and now
is flooded with oversupply because of recession.

Jul 20, 2012

EU Commission to publish ETS rescue plan next week

BRUSSELS, July 20 (Reuters) – The European Commission
confirmed on Friday that it will announce plans next week to
withhold carbon allowances to support the struggling Emissions
Trading Scheme (ETS), which has suffered a collapse in prices
under the burden of oversupply.

It has decided on a two-step process to reinforce the
legality of what is meant to be a relatively quick fix to the
market’s weakness. Concerns about possible delays and lack of
detail about next week’s announcement drove ETS prices sharply
lower earlier in the week.

Jul 19, 2012

EU proposes laws to protect deep-sea fish species

BRUSSELS, July 19 (Reuters) – Ancient, little-known species
of fish, living deep in Atlantic waters, could gain protection
from EU proposals published on Thursday to phase out certain
kinds of deep-water fishing.

The Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, proposes
phasing out licences for deep-sea fishing using methods known as
bottom trawls and bottom-sea gillnets.

Jul 17, 2012

Legal plan for EU carbon market on agenda for July 25

BRUSSELS, July 17 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
on July 25 debate a legal framework to revise the timetable for
auctioning carbon allowances to bolster prices on the EU’s
weakened Emissions Trading Scheme, a document seen by Reuters

Detail on the number of allowances that could be withheld
and a carbon market review is now not expected until after the
Commission returns from its summer recess in September, three
separate EU sources said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of

Jul 12, 2012

EU aims to reach airline emissions deal: Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is “totally committed” to reaching a global deal on carbon emissions from airlines, the Commission said on Thursday as efforts resumed to defuse an international row over the issue.

Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President of the Council Roberto Kobeh held talks in Brussels on Thursday.