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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.

May 20, 2014

EU policymakers looking to boost energy savings target-sources

BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – EU policymakers are considering
a goal to increase European Union energy efficiency by between
30 and 35 percent by 2030, as part of efforts to cut greenhouse
gas emissions, reduce fuel bills and improve energy security, EU
sources said.

The crisis in Ukraine, transit nation for around half of the
natural gas that Russia ships to Europe, has raised the
importance of using less energy as one of the EU’s options to
curb the bloc’s need for imported fuel.

May 16, 2014

“Best before” dates add to food waste – EU paper

ATHENS, May 16 (Reuters) – “Best before” dates on food add
to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some
long-life produce, a group of European Union states have argued
in a discussion paper prepared for an agriculture ministers
meeting on Monday.

Food waste in the West has become a hot topic because of its
environmental and humanitarian implications. A report last year
found up to half of the food produced worldwide was wasted
because of poor harvesting, storage and transport methods, as
well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour.

May 15, 2014

EU energy chief: Progress in Ukraine gas row, more talks this month

ATHENS (Reuters) – Europe’s energy commissioner said on Thursday he saw progress in resolving the row over gas prices between Kiev and Moscow and expected one, perhaps two more rounds of ministerial talks on the issue before the end of May.

In his latest letter to EU leaders, made public on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged them to do more to help Ukraine through its economic crisis and to resolve the standoff over gas, repeating a threat to cut exports if Kiev fails to pay in advance for June deliveries.

May 15, 2014

Ukraine crisis spurs East Mediterranean gas hopes

ATHENS, May 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s scramble for
alternatives to Russian fuel as the crisis over energy transit
state Ukraine rages has revived hopes that East Mediterranean
gas can be shipped into the European Union.

Policymakers have even gone as far as to hope new gas routes
could help to end years of bitter feuding over a divided Cyprus
and galvanise some of Europe’s most economically weak countries.

May 14, 2014

EU bosses stay away from Russia-EU gas industry talks

BRUSSELS, May 14 (Reuters) – European Commission officials
stayed away from talks bringing together the Russian and EU gas
industry on Wednesday and no date has been set for a new round
of three-way political dialogue aimed at solving energy aspects
of the Ukraine crisis.

Russian gas exporter Gazprom on Tuesday demanded
pre-payment from Ukraine for June gas deliveries by June 2 or
said it would cut off its supplies because of an outstanding
bill for some $3.5 billion.

Apr 23, 2014

Moscow to meet Ukraine for energy talks as EU frees gas for Kiev

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) – European and Russian
officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to
try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as
Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country.

Moscow has nearly doubled the natural gas price it charges
Ukraine and threatened to cut gas supplies for non-payment of
debt since a new pro-Western government took over in Kiev in
February.

Apr 22, 2014

Crimea energy firm says better off under Russia

PARIS (Reuters) – Crimean oil and gas producer Chornomornaftohaz sees hope for the future from its new Russian owners and the possibility of doing business with Asia, after Kiev had failed to pay it anything for well over a year, a senior executive said.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula following a referendum last month, and Crimea took ownership of Ukrainian state assets on its territory including the region’s Black Sea natural gas fields and energy company Chornomornaftohaz.

Apr 17, 2014

EU agrees to Putin’s call for gas security talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union told Russian President Vladimir Putin it is willing to hold talks with Moscow and Kiev on gas security as the bloc scrambles to defuse a deep political crisis over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, replying to a letter Putin sent last week to 18 EU countries, accepted Putin’s proposal for three-way talks.

Apr 16, 2014

EU politicians back 6.5 billion euro fishing reform budget

BRUSSELS, April 16 (Reuters) – The European Parliament voted
on Wednesday to hand out 6.5 billion euros ($8.9 billion) to
help the fishing industry cope with radical EU reforms to cut
the size of their catches.

The funding agreement for the years 2014-2020, backed by the
European Parliament in Strasbourg, is the final piece of a
series of fisheries reforms that EU member states have haggled
over since April 2009.