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Jun 5, 2014

EU proposal scraps mandatory ‘dirty’ label for tar sands

BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – European Union policymakers
propose to scrap a mandatory requirement to label oil from tar
sands as more polluting than other forms of crude following
years of lobbying from top producer Canada, according to a draft
document seen by Reuters.

The change removes one obstacle to Canada shipping crude
from tar sands to Europe, but will be criticised by
environmental campaigners.

Jun 5, 2014

G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal, aim to build on US momentum

BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations gave their backing on Thursday to a new
global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the
United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging
momentum.

The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants
by 30 percent by 2030, which will run into domestic opposition,
prompted the European Union into a defence of its own record.

Jun 3, 2014

EU asks Bulgaria to stop work on Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline

BRUSSELS, June 3 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
asked the Bulgarian government to suspend work on Gazprom’s
South Stream gas pipeline pending a decision on
whether it conforms with EU law, a Commission spokeswoman said
on Tuesday.

The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, says South Stream
does not comply with its rules that prohibit gas suppliers from
also controlling pipeline access, and it put the approval
process on hold following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in
March.

Jun 2, 2014

Russia, Ukraine examine gas plan to avoid winter supply crisis

BRUSSELS, June 2 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine agreed on
Monday to examine a payment plan to settle Kiev’s multi-billion
gas debts and fix a price for supplies until June 2015, offering
the promise of averting an energy crisis over the crucial winter
period.

The argument over prices for natural gas has added to
tensions as the two countries have squared off over Moscow’s
seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and over a pro-Russian
rebel uprising in eastern Ukraine.

May 29, 2014

Gas talks set for Friday as Ukraine cut-off deadline looms

BRUSSELS/ATHENS, May 29 (Reuters) – Talks between Russia,
Ukraine and the European Commission to resolve a gas dispute
will go ahead on Friday, the Commission said, as time runs out
to avert a threat that Moscow could cut off supplies to Ukraine.

Ukraine is also the transit nation for around half of the
gas Russia sells to the European Union, so the dispute threatens
onward supplies to Europe.

May 28, 2014

EU backs deal to limit use of food-based biofuels

BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) – EU diplomats on Wednesday
agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops in
response to widespread criticism that they stoke inflation and
do more environmental harm than good.

The compromise, agreed by diplomats in a closed-door
meeting, follows on from a stalemate late last year when
governments failed to agree on a proposed 5 percent cap, which
amounted to a policy U-turn.

May 28, 2014

EU member states back compromise to allow GM crops: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union member states on Wednesday backed a compromise deal likely to make it easier to get approval to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, diplomats said.

Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, public opposition to GM crops is strong in Europe.

May 26, 2014

Polish plan on EU Russian gas buying gaining support

BRUSSELS, May 26 (Reuters) – Poland’s call for European
Union nations to work together in price negotiations with
Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom is gaining
support spurred by the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

Following a tour of European capitals to drum up backing,
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was invited to Brussels last
week to present his idea at a conference on energy security
alongside top European Commission officials.

May 21, 2014

EU policymakers inch towards regulating truck emissions

BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – EU policymakers took the first
steps towards regulating emissions from lorries through greater
fuel efficiency on Wednesday, but stopped short of the targets
that have forced car manufacturers to make their vehicles
pollute less.

As part of wider efforts to cut the need for imported
energy, especially from Russia, the European Commission is
seeking to improve energy efficiency across all sectors.

May 20, 2014

EU should stress test vulnerability to Ukraine gas cut -draft

BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – EU nations should conduct
stress tests before winter to work out how vulnerable they would
be in the event the crisis over Ukraine leads to a major
disruption of natural gas supplies from Russia, a European
Commission draft document seen by Reuters shows.

EU leaders early this year called on the Commission, the EU
executive, to draw up a list of measures for the short and
longer term to improve the bloc’s energy security after Russia’s
annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.