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Mar 15, 2011

EU mulls nuclear-free future, tests on reactors

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe is considering “stress testing” its nuclear power stations to check they can cope with crises, while its energy chief on Tuesday even raised the prospect of a nuclear-free future.

The developments mark a dramatic turnaround for a continent that had been considering a partial nuclear revival until this week, when Japan’s nuclear accident highlighted how quickly events can run out of control — and not only after an earthquake.

Mar 14, 2011

Europe split over nuclear safety amid Japan crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Austria on Monday called for European nuclear power plants to face stress tests to reassure people worried by the crisis in Japan while Britain and France urged calm.

Nuclear power has been poised for a revival as Europe strives to cut climate-warming carbon emissions and gas imports, but public mistrust still runs high, with the Chernobyl accident in 1986 still strong in many Europeans’ minds.

Mar 14, 2011

Green fuels to get boost from EU tax revamp: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The greenest fuels would become cheaper under an planned overhaul of European fuel taxes that would also narrow the price gap between petrol and diesel.

The European Union’s executive wants to overhaul Europe’s 240 billion euro ($334.4 billion) annual taxation of energy, which varies widely between countries and often creates paradoxical incentives that encourage the biggest polluters.

Mar 13, 2011

EU wary on Libya no-fly zone, despite Arab backing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and NATO said their conditions had not yet been met for imposing a no-fly zone on Libya, the day after Arab countries called for the warplanes of Muammar Gaddafi to be pinned down.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the League, meeting in Cairo on Saturday, had decided that “serious crimes and great violations” committed by Gaddafi’s government against his people had stripped it of legitimacy. [nLDE72B01K]

Feb 24, 2011

EU,Russia at odds over energy, Putin warns on prices

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin warned the European Union on Thursday its rules on energy
infrastructure could drive gas prices higher, making clear the
extent of disagreement with the EU on energy policy.

Speaking to reporters after talks with European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso, Putin said the EU’s rules on the
ownership of pipeline infrastructure, known as the third energy
package, would ultimately harm European consumers.

Feb 24, 2011

Divisions clear after EU-Russia energy talks

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin described the European Union’s rules on energy
infrastructure as tantamount to property theft on Thursday,
underlining a failure to make progress in energy talks.

Speaking to reporters after discussions with European
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Putin said the EU’s
rules on the ownership of pipeline infrastructure, known as the
third energy package, were a confiscation of assets.

Feb 23, 2011

EU to tackle Canadian tar sands in new law: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s trade and climate chiefs are preparing to take a stand against imports of oil from Canada’s polluting tar sands, despite fears the move might wreck a multi-billion dollar trade deal, according to EU sources and documents.

European Union sources said this week that Canada had threatened to pull out of trade talks because of the clash, but Ottawa has denied that.

Feb 21, 2011

Tar sand row threatens Canada-EU trade deal: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Canada has threatened to scrap a trade deal with the European Union if the EU persists with plans that would block imports of Canada’s highly polluting tar sands, according to EU documents and sources.

The European Union has told its fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of fuels by 6 percent over the next decade, and is now fine-tuning “default values” to help suppliers identify the most carbon-intensive imports.

Feb 17, 2011

EU pushes strategic gas pipelines to merge

BRUSSELS/VIENNA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – European Union officials
are pushing for a merger of two strategic gas pipeline projects
to help secure supplies from Central Asia to the world’s
second-biggest gas market, industry sources say.

Vying to transport gas from Azerbaijan are the Austrian-led
Nabucco consortium and the Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy
(ITGI), as well as the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

Feb 15, 2011

EU energy plan could cut CO2 by a quarter -draft

BRUSSELS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Europe’s new energy strategy
could lead to a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of
this decade and could ultimately cut fuel import bills roughly
in half, a draft strategy paper shows.

The document was leaked amid renewed debate about whether
the EU should deepen planned cuts to greenhouse gases beyond the
current 20 percent goal.

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      "Pete Harrison is a Reuters correspondent in Brussels covering the European Union politics of energy, environment and climate change. He is also part of the Reuters team covering international talks to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol."
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