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Jun 29, 2015

China works for ‘win-win’ climate plan, poised for pledge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China is seeking a fair, global system to tackle climate change and is about to make a joint announcement on the environment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said before a summit in Brussels with top European Union officials on Monday.

Expectations are high that China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is about to submit to the United Nations a promise to cut emissions ahead of U.N. climate talks late this year in Paris.

Jun 28, 2015

EU tries to look beyond Greece to deepen China ties

BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) – The European Union will
briefly put aside worries about Greece to broaden its relations
with China at a summit in Brussels on Monday, hoping for Chinese
investment in Europe’s new infrastructure fund and support for a
global climate deal.

As China seeks to move Sino-European ties beyond trade and
win a bigger role in international affairs, the European Union
is relieved to find a more cooperative partner, agreeing to play
down tensions that have bedevilled relations in the past.

Jun 26, 2015

Greece’s creditors step up push for energy reforms

BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters) – The price of a deal to unlock
funds for Greece includes “irreversible steps” to privatise its
power network and making energy reforms that EU regulators have
been demanding for years, its creditors say.

The demands are not the biggest sticking point in attempts
to prevent a Greek default by a June 30 deadline. But they have
met resistance in Athens, with the privatisation absent from its
counter-proposal to creditors.

Jun 25, 2015

EU ministers seek ambitious, binding deal at Paris climate talks: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for U.N. climate talks shows.

EU environment ministers meet on Sept. 18 in Brussels to iron out their joint position ahead of the U.N. talks in Paris in December. Diplomats have already drawn up a draft text.

Jun 23, 2015

European policymakers seek more cross-border power trade–draft

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – An EU-wide system for cross-border intra-day power trade needs to be set up as part of the bloc’s plans for a fully connected European energy market with secure, affordable supplies, according to a draft European Commission document.

The plan is expected to be published in July as the European Commission presses for completion of a single energy market across the European Union and seeks a radical overhaul to incorporate increased volumes of supplies from intermittent wind and solar-powered generation.

Jun 23, 2015

Ukraine appeals to EU over ‘illegal’ Gazprom-Slovak pipeline contract

BRUSSELS, June 23 (Reuters) – Kiev has appealed to the
European Union over an agreement between Slovak pipeline
operator Eustream and Russia’s Gazprom that it says violates EU
law in allowing Gazprom to prevent reverse flows back to Ukraine
in a key pipeline, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Ukraine, seeking energy independence from Russia, has
repeatedly asked Slovakia to allow reverse flows through one of
four main pipelines at the Uzhgorod-Velke Kapusany gas transit
points on the Ukraine-Slovak border; but Eustream has declined,
citing the agreement with Russian supplier Gazprom’s export arm.

Jun 18, 2015

Four EU nations urge European Commission to set ‘challenging’ 2025 car emissions goal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Four EU nations and a European politicians from across the political divide called on the European Commission to publish next year a challenging 2025 emissions standard for new cars.

Limits on how much carbon dioxide cars can emit has had a major impact on cutting fuel consumption and improving air quality in the European Union.

Jun 18, 2015

Shakespeare’s ‘lost child’ makes rare appearance in London

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – As every theatre-lover knows,
“Othello”, “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” all end with bodies
littering the stage, so it’s a rare thrill for audiences to
watch a work by Shakespeare without knowing exactly what will
happen next.

The suspense is delivered by one of London’s off-West End
pub theatres, which until June 27 is staging a play that more
than “The Tempest” can claim to be William Shakespeare’s last
work, but is performed less than once a decade.

Jun 16, 2015

EU set to meet green energy goal but UK, Netherlands trail

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is collectively on track to achieve its goal of sourcing a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2020, although Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are lagging behind other states, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

However it acknowledged that the transport sector – which accounts for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions – remained a problem area and was struggling to curb the use of fossil fuels.

Jun 15, 2015

China to join EU in pledge to get Paris climate deal

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – China, the world’s biggest
polluter, will sign a joint pledge with the European Union this
month to seek a U.N. agreement to tackle climate change as one
of “the greatest threats facing humanity,” according to a draft
statement seen by Reuters.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will endorse the statement at a
June 29 summit in Brussels with EU leaders, who are seeking to
ratchet up the pressure for a deal at the Paris climate
conference late this year, EU officials said.