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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.

Jun 15, 2015

EU law adds 47 euro cents a barrel to refining costs -EU research

BRUSSELS, June 15 (Reuters) – EU green energy law added 47
euro cents a barrel to costs for Europe’s refineries, according
to European Commission research made public on Monday.

Preliminary findings late last year had put the regulatory
cost at 40 euro cents.

Jun 12, 2015

Rich nations in stalemate over coal subsidy phase-out

BRUSSELS, June 12 (Reuters) – Talks on phasing out a form of
coal subsidies have ended in stalemate as Japan, the biggest
user of the aid, led calls for more time in defiance of this
week’s G7 pledge on fossil fuel subsidies, sources said.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development has been trying for a year to get an agreement from
its 34 member nations on phasing out export credits for coal,
the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

Jun 10, 2015

Belgium’s ‘mining Monaco’ looks fondly on anarchic past after Waterloo

KELMIS, Belgium (Reuters) – As the field of Waterloo is dressed in battle colors to mark next week’s 200th anniversary, another corner of Belgium is preparing for a less warlike bicentenary.

In one of the more arcane consequences of the new European borders that followed Napoleon’s defeat outside Brussels, a tiny statelet was born. For a century after Waterloo, the square mile that diplomats named Neutral Moresnet, on the present-day Belgian-German border, thrived in a state of virtual anarchy.

Jun 9, 2015

Gazprom has until mid-Sept to reply to EU antitrust charges

BRUSSELS, June 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has
been given a two-month extended deadline of mid-September to
respond to European Union antitrust charges of over-charging in
eastern and central Europe and blocking competitors from
entering the market.

The European Commission gave Gazprom 12 weeks to reply when
it unveiled the charges on April 22, but companies typically ask
for more time to marshal their legal and economic arguments when
faced with complex issues.

Jun 8, 2015

EU members agree accords to edge energy integration nearer

LUXEMBOURG, June 8 (Reuters) – European energy ministers on
Monday signed three accords on closer power and gas ties but
differences remained over implementing a single energy market
and 2030 green fuel goals.

The European Commission, the European Union executive, has
used the political crisis with the bloc’s biggest energy
supplier, Russia, to focus on creating an energy union through
rationalised connections across its 28-members to share fuel and
curb the need for imports.