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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.

Sep 26, 2014

EU lawmakers target Spanish nominee in threat to new executive

BRUSSELS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Anger among left-wing EU
lawmakers at the choice of a Spanish conservative to run the
bloc’s climate change policies could disrupt the process of
installing a new executive for the European Union in the next
month.

Miguel Arias Canete is among several of incoming European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 27-strong team who
may face a rough ride in parliamentary confirmation hearings
next week in Brussels. A veto on any of them could hold up the
installation of the whole executive, due on Nov. 1.

Sep 25, 2014

EU orders Germany to stop using banned car refrigerant

BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The European Commission on
Thursday ordered Germany to stop using a banned car refrigerant
within two months or face court action and possible fines.

The EU executive’s decision follows months of investigation
by the Commission after German luxury carmaker Daimler
refused to stop using a highly polluting coolant and
won backing from German authorities.

Sep 22, 2014

EU regulators say will approve British EDF nuclear project

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (Reuters) – European Union state aid
regulators will clear Britain’s plan to build a 16 billion-pound
($26.15 billion) nuclear plant with French utility EDF,
a European Commission official said on Monday.

The project at Hinkley Point in southwest England is crucial
to Britain’s plan to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power
and coal plants over the coming decade, while France sees it as
a major export contract that will boost its nuclear industry.