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Pro-nuclear leaders push atomic energy to cut CO2 emissions, boost security of supply

A global push to expand nuclear power continued recently as world leaders from more than 30 countries and the European Union met at the...

Belgium’s prisoner swap with Iran proves the EU is unwilling to punish state sponsors of terror

An Iranian terrorist, Asadollah Assadi, is heading home from Belgium just two years into a 20-year sentence. He is the beneficiary of the Islamic...

Polish aid for expansion of LG Chem’s electric vehicles battery plant gets EU nod

Poland's €95 million measure in favour of LG Chem Group is in line with EU State aid rules, the European Commission competition chief on...

EU says ready for Russian energy weapon

The European Union said on February 16 the bloc is ready in case the Russian leadership decides to weaponize the energy issue.In a speech...

EU Commission declares gas, nuclear can be sustainable

The European Commission presented on February 2 a controversial Taxonomy Complementary Climate Delegated Act on climate change mitigation and adaptation covering certain gas and...

EU approves restructuring aid for Romania’s Complexul Energetic Oltenia

Romania's plans to grant power company Complexul Energetic Oltenia restructuring aid for up to €2.66 billion (RON 13.15 billion) is in line with EU...

EU says COVID pass sufficient for bloc travel

Updating the rules to facilitate safe and free movement in the EU during the pandemic, EU ministers reconfirmed on January 25 the possession of...

EU-Africa to tackle climate change, energy, infrastructure challenges

Ahead of the EU-African Union summit, European Council President Charles Michel participated via video link in a debate on climate and energy in the...

Spanish scheme to support intelligent transportation systems gets EU nod

A €20 million Spanish scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) supporting the deployment of intelligent systems that will provide enhanced...

EU gas prices on fire, fear of Russia invading Ukraine hot button

Wholesale gas prices in the EU rose to record levels in the third quarter of 2021, influenced by global gas markets, according to the...

EU to probe Gazprom’s role in energy crisis

With high energy prices hurting consumers in Europe, the European Commission is currently looking into all allegations of possible anti-competitive conduct by companies producing...

Hungarian aid to Volta Energy Solutions’ battery copper foil plant gets EU nod

Hungary's €24 million investment aid to Volta Energy Solutions for the extension of a battery copper foil plant in the Hungarian region of Kozep-Dunantul...

EU taxonomy: No greenwashing of environment damaging activities

The introduction of the taxonomy is a great success for us Greens, future-oriented companies and civil society forces working on it for years. But...

How nuclear can help the planet achieve net-zero

Nuclear power offers the world an abundant future if it is embraced, said speakers at an event jointly organised by the New Nuclear Watch...

Austrian scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod

An Austrian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources complies with EU State aid rules, the EU’s antitrust chief said on December...

Commission proposes to strengthen the protection of the environment through criminal law

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new EU Directive to crack down on environmental crime, fulfilling a key commitment of the...

EU endorses new climate, environmental protection and energy guidelines for state aid

The European Commission’s College of Commissioners endorsed on December 21 the new Guidelines on State aid for climate, environmental protection and energy (CEEAG). The...

MEPs reach deal with Council on EU-backed energy projects

The updated rules to select which energy projects will receive EU support were informally agreed between Members of the European Parliament and the Slovenian...

New EU framework to decarbonize gas markets, promote hydrogen, cut methane emissions

The European Commission adopted on December 15 a set of legislative proposals to decarbonise the EU gas market by facilitating the uptake of renewable...

EU approves €3 billion Spanish scheme to support electric vehicles

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3 billion Spanish scheme to support research, development and innovation (RD&I), as well...

Croatian scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod

A Croatian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources complies with EU State aid rules, the European Commission’s antitrust chief said on...

EU, Hungary sign MoU under the Battery Alliance

At the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Hungarian National Reskilling Programme under the European Battery Academy, European Commission Vice President Maros...

COP26: call for more global climate action

On November 24, Members of the European Parliament debated with Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and the Council Presidency, the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed...

Commission approves EU funding for nature, environment and climate action projects

The European Commission approved on November 25 an investment package of more than €290 million for 132 new projects under the LIFE programme for...

Commission presents tools to curb EU-driven deforestation and forest degradation

In the framework of the European Green Deal, the EU Commission adopted on November 17 three new initiatives to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well...

EU, South East Asia launch Green Team Europe Initiative to protect the environment

During the 3rd ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen launched on November 18 a Green Team Europe...

US, UK and Europe launch ‘Just Energy Transition’ partnership with South Africa

The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, announced on November...

EU, UNEP launch International Methane Emissions Observatory

At the G20 Summit, on the eve of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the...

EU-US mobilise further support for Global Methane Pledge

Ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, European Union Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who leads the EU's international negotiations on climate, and Special...

EU Commission toolbox of measures to tackle high energy prices

The European Commission proposed on October 13 a package of measures to help shield European consumers from the storm of rising energy prices.The Commission...

Russia puts the freeze on EU, gas supplies limited, prices spike

With gas prices surging, Members of the European Parliament have called for an investigation into market manipulation from state and non-state actors, and into...

MEPs call for binding methane emissions target

In a report on the EU Strategy to reduce methane emissions, Members of the European Parliament called on September 28 for binding reduction targets...

EU seeks solution for soaring electricity prices

As electricity prices increase across the EU, the bloc’s energy and transport ministers met in Slovenia this week to discuss measures to help lower...

Conflict is spreading across the African continent

Many African countries are run by dictatorships, but their grasp on power is increasingly unstable. Mali has seen at least 2 changes of power...

Simpler EU energy labels for light sources are applicable in all shops

The European Commission said that in order to help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the...

Belgian Capacity Mechanism gets EU nod

The European Commission on August 27 approved, under EU State aid rules, Belgium's capacity mechanism, which will contribute to ensuring the security of electricity...

Russia’s hand in Nord Stream 2 could be nightmare alley for EU

The European Union needs to boost energy security and provide alternatives and others, Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder of UK Regional Investment Platform Regionally, told...

CATF calls for EU wide solution to methane problem in Romania

Clean Air Task Force (CATF), an international climate advocacy NGO, and 2Celcius, a Romanian NGO, filmed significant and previously undocumented methane emissions from oil...

How Europe risks scoring an own goal on nuclear energy

On July 14, the European Commission took up an extensive policy initiative designed to bring the European Union’s net greenhouse gas emissions down by...

EU to register ‘ReturnthePlastics’ initiative on plastic bottle recycling

The European Commission said on August 13 it decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled ‘ReturnthePlastics: A Citizen's Initiative to implement an EU-wide...

EU cybersecurity agency says hackers target supplier’s code

Mapping on emerging supply chain attacks, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity warned on July 29 that 66% of attacks focus on the supplier’s...

EU plans climate-proof future infrastructure projects

The European Commission published on July 29 new technical guidance that will help mainstream climate considerations in future investment and development of infrastructure projects...

EU invests €122 million in low-carbon projects

The European Commission said on July 27 the EU is investing €118 million into 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States,...

French scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod

A French aid scheme to support renewable electricity production complies with EU State aid rules, the European Commission’s antitrust chief said on July 27,...

EU to counter cyber threats

Europe needs to be the driving force in securing infrastructure of core services against hybrid attacks, including ransomware, and work with NATO to build...

Germany bypasses EU, makes Nord Stream 2 deal with US

An agreement reached between Washington and Berlin this week effectively removed a threat of sanctions against the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from...

EU to protect and restore forests

Building on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the European Commission on July 16 adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship...

EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ green scheme is a gamechanger for renewables

The European Commission announced in Brussels on July 14 its Fit for 55 package, a broad range of legislation that will help the EU...

EU and Ukraine ink MoU on raw materials and batteries

The European Union and Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a strategic partnership in the raw materials sector and batteries, European Commission...

EU Parliament calls for rapid solution to protect marine areas in Antarctica

Talks on the creation of two so-called Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Antarctica have ground to a halt, Members of the European Parliament warned...

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