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Oct 8, 2014

EU regulators approve UK nuclear plant project with EDF

BRUSSELS, Oct 8 (Reuters) – European Union regulators
approved Britain’s proposed 16 billion pound ($25.7 billion)
nuclear power station to be built by French utility EDF
, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The project at Hinkley Point, southwest England, is part of
Britain’s strategy to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear
power and coal plants and provides a major export contract for
France.

Oct 7, 2014

EU poised to agree 2030 climate, energy goals-draft

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – EU leaders are poised this month
to agree three new, tougher climate and energy goals for 2030
and poorer nations will get help to shoulder the cost, according
to a draft document prepared for summit talks, seen by Reuters.

The document, dated Oct. 7, showed the European Union is
considering a 40 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
compared with 1990 levels. It is also seeking a 30 percent
increase in energy savings compared with projected consumption
and a goal to get 27 percent of energy used from renewable
sources.

Oct 7, 2014

EU’s Juncker ready to switch team to win parliament backing: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, is under pressure to drop one of his team and reshuffle nominees in a deal with parliamentary leaders to get his line-up confirmed in office, sources in the EU legislature said on Tuesday.

The prime casualty, several sources said, could be former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, who would be replaced by a compatriot. The deal may also see Tibor Navracsics of Hungary given a smaller portfolio after a parliamentary committee voted to reject him over his civil rights record.

Oct 7, 2014

EU abandons ‘dirty’ label for tar sands oil

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting in its fight against climate change has been abandoned after years of opposition led by major producer Canada.

A proposal published by the European Commission on Tuesday removes an obstacle to Canada exporting tar sands crude to Europe and comes at a time when tensions between the EU and top oil supplier Russia are running high.

Oct 7, 2014

EU policy makers propose scrapping mandatory tar sands label

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The European Commission on
Tuesday proposed scrapping a mandatory requirement to label tar
sands oil as highly polluting after years of industry
opposition.

The new proposal abandons one obstacle to Canada shipping
crude from tar sands to Europe and is likely to draw strong
criticism from environmental campaigners and Green politicians.

Oct 3, 2014

Opposition builds to UK nuclear project in EU executive -sources

BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A landmark deal to use British
taxpayers’ money to build a 16 billion pound ($25.6 billion)
nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of
EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top
European regulator, EU sources said.

The European Commission, the EU executive, said last month
it would approve the British scheme involving French utility EDF
, confirming a Reuters report.

Oct 2, 2014

Denmark says EU green energy deal best way to sanction Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union deal to cut fuel use and increase renewable energy would be a better punishment on Moscow than more sanctions as it would clearly show the EU means to cut reliance on Russian gas, Denmark’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

In a telephone interview, Martin Lidegaard told Reuters it was not the time to strengthen or weaken economic sanctions imposed on Moscow by the EU over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Oct 2, 2014

France’s Moscovici struggles to convince EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Moscovici struggled to convince European Union lawmakers on Thursday that he could enforce budget rules that his own country has repeatedly breached, as the formation of a new European Commission turned into a bitter political battle.

The Socialist, who was finance minister in Paris until six months ago, promised to apply the bloc’s deficit rules equally to all euro zone states, including his own, if confirmed as economic and monetary affairs commissioner.

Oct 1, 2014

New EU executive runs into trouble in parliament

BRUSSELS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The formation of a new European
Union executive hit trouble on Wednesday as splits among EU
lawmakers held up confirmation of British and Spanish nominees
and threatened to disrupt approval for France’s choice to run
economic policy.

British Conservative Jonathan Hill, named to oversee the
finance sector, was summoned back to a new grilling next week,
and Greens and the left delayed Spaniard Miguel Arias Canete
securing the energy and climate brief, prompting a threat from
his centre-right allies to block approval for French Socialist
Pierre Moscovici at an economics committee hearing on Thursday.

Sep 29, 2014

EU watchdog to give detail on Apple and Fiat tax investigations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.

The European Commission has launched a similar investigation into the Dutch government’s tax treatment of Starbucks, but details of that will be published later, Antoine Colombani, spokesman for European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, told reporters.