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Apr 28, 2015

Fight goes on to limit EU fishing after industry wins loophole

BRUSSELS, April 28 (Reuters) – European lawmakers on Tuesday
backed reforms meant to end decades of overfishing, but critics
said unscrupulous fishermen would be able to carry on throwing
away perfectly good fish because of a glaring loophole.

The European Union in 2013 agreed to reform the bloc’s
common fisheries policy in an attempt to rebuild fish stocks.

Apr 22, 2015

EU proposes new GM import approval rules, allowing opt-outs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission proposed on
Wednesday a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict
or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even after they
have been approved for use in food and feed by the bloc as a
whole.

The proposal risks upsetting trading partners, particularly
the United States, which wants Europe to open its doors fully to
U.S. GM crops as part of a planned EU-U.S. free trade deal.

Apr 20, 2015

EU to charge Russia’s Gazprom with market abuse

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will launch a legal attack on Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) this week, ramping up tensions with Moscow, when antitrust agents will accuse it of overcharging buyers in eastern Europe, EU sources told Reuters on Monday.

Russia’s state-controlled biggest company, a vital supplier of energy to Europe despite frequent political disputes, could receive a full charge sheet from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday, one source said.

Apr 15, 2015

Bulgaria seeks to redraw EU pipeline map away from Russia

RIGA, April 15 (Reuters) – Bulgaria is about to open a
licensing round for oil and gas in the Black Sea as it seeks to
turn itself into an energy hub and redraw the European pipeline
map to curb the country’s dependence on Russia, a senior
official said on Wednesday.

Bulgaria was among the countries locked into Russia’s
abandoned South Stream project that would have delivered gas
directly to the European Union, bypassing Ukraine, traditionally
a main transit route.

Apr 14, 2015

EU energy boss says hunt is on for non-Russian gas

RIGA, April 14 (Reuters) – EU officials are holding talks
with a range of non-Russian suppliers and one day could buy gas
from Iran, Europe’s climate and energy chief said on Tuesday,
setting aside a Gazprom warning that Europe should not
block its gas strategy.

Russia’s Gazprom on Monday said blocking its Turkish Stream
pipeline to bypass Ukraine would be “a serious mistake”.

Apr 14, 2015

Baltics may risk more Russia tension with Europe power grid plan

RIGA, April 14 (Reuters) – The Baltic states’ goal of
integrating with Europe’s power grid risks cutting off an
exclave of Russian territory, tightening nerves already
stretched by the Ukraine crisis.

The grid plan would take at least a decade, but if carried
out in full would leave Kaliningrad, a strategic chunk of
territory sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania — and home to
Russia’s Baltic Fleet — without a power network.

Apr 14, 2015

EU imposes diet on food-for-fuel quotas

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – EU politicians backed a deal
on Tuesday to limit the amount of crop-based biofuel that can be
used in the transport sector, drawing a line under years of
debate over a fuel source criticised for doing more harm than
good.

Green campaigners and representatives of a new generation of
biofuels complained that the deal did not go far enough, but
said that it nonetheless marked recognition that the European
Union must look beyond using food for fuel.

Apr 10, 2015

Naftogaz to seek 12-month Russia gas deal next week

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Naftogaz [NAFTO.UL] Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev will seek rapid progress on a deal to secure gas from Russia for the next 12 months in talks brokered by the European Commission in Berlin next week.

Last week, Ukraine signed an interim three-month deal for cheaper supplies of gas from Russia, providing breathing space for both sides in their protracted wrangle over pricing..

Apr 8, 2015

Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators – EU report

BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Evidence is mounting that
widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well
as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a
shortage of pollinators, according to a report drawn up for EU
policymakers.

The European Commission, the EU executive, placed
restrictions on three neonicotinoid pesticides from Dec. 1,
2013, citing worries about their impact on bees, but said it
would review the situation within two years at most.

Apr 1, 2015

Smart grids could be Europe’s shale gas, Commission says

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – Smart grids balancing
intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand
could do for Europe what shale gas has done for the United
States, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said
smart grids are crucial for EU single energy market plans as
they could integrate more renewables into electricity networks,
boost security of supply and help lower prices for consumers.