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Interview: Uzbekistan an active player in the global trade system

New Europe in an exclusive interview during the first Tashkent International Investment Forum, spoke to Laziz Kudratov, Uzbek first deputy minister for investment and...

Pope Francis to visit Kazakhstan in September

Pope Francis has confirmed his official visit to Kazakhstan and participation in the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Kazakhstan's presidential...

Standard & Poor’s reaffirms sovereign credit rating of Kazakhstan

The international rating agency Standard & Poor's confirmed on April 2 the sovereign credit rating of Kazakhstan at BBB-/A-3, with a stable outlook.According to...

Bulgaria to accelerate green energy transition

Akuo has announced that it has successfully secured the refinancing of a portfolio of five operational hydroelectric power plants in Bulgaria with a capacity...

Italy’s ENI inaugurates its second wind farm in Kazakhstan

Italian energy major ENI, through its local renewable subsidiary Arm Wind LLP, inaugurated on March 2 the Badamsha 2 Wind Farm located in the...

Romanians offer heartfelt support to Ukrainian refugees at the border

The war following the Russian invasion in Ukraine changed many lives. At the Romanian borders, we can see people that are heartbroken and have...

The economic bearpit – When “over there” becomes “over here”

An apology – with a ghastly diet of death, destruction and depravity currently raging around us, it may seem callous to examine the economic...

EU advances sustainable transport, energy and climate connectivity in Western Balkans

The European Commission unveiled on February 25 a substantial €3.2 billion investment package to support 21 transport, digital, climate and energy connectivity projects in...

Kazakhstan to enhance foreign investment

Kazakhstan’s open-door policy to foreign investment remains the Central Asian republic’s strategic priority, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the Foreign Investor Council’s Meeting on February...

EU-Norway to enhance climate, energy cooperation

A delegation of the Norwegian government led by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store with European Commission President President Ursula von der Leyen and with...

EU invests over €110 million in environment and climate protection in 11 member states

The European Commission announced on February 17 an investment of over €110 million into LIFE program integrated projects for environmental and climate protection, selected...

Slovenia to decarbonize steel industry

Facilitating the transition towards a low-carbon economy the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is participating in Slovenian Steel Group’s (SIJ Group) €230...

Experts in Kazakhstan address global and regional trends of terrorism

At the International Conference "Global and Regional Trends of Terrorism and Violent extremism" in Nur-Sultan on February 11, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Yerlan Karin...

EU takes action to protect European biodiversity

The European Commission said on February 9 it is taking legal steps against 15 Member States in order to step up the prevention and...

Despite heavy imports, France still biggest electricity exporter in Europe

France maintained its position as the biggest net exporter of power in Europe in the second half of 2021, despite an extreme reliance on...

Sefcovic: Europe needs to mobilize financing for battery raw materials projects

Europe needs to streamline and accelerate existing permitting procedures for raw materials, while complying with the highest environmental and social standards, EU Commission Vice-President...

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...

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...

The year of the squeeze

Few of us will mourn the passing of 2021. However, as the New Year party balloons lie flaccid on the floor, there seems little...

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...

First plant in Europe to produce copper foil for EV batteries gets EBRD funding

Eager to reduce Europe's reliance on China for materials for batteries, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on January 10 the...

Captain Erdogan: Chasing a dangerous inflation game

We are taught never to give up. Persevering through adversity is a lifelong maxim, where staying the difficult course in the short-term will eventually...

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...

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...

Conflict in Ukraine and Kosovo are connected

Vladimir Putin claims that protecting ethnic Russians justifies military action against Ukraine. Putin’s concern for Ukraine’s Russian minority is bombastic. His greater global goal...

The Korean Peninsula should remain a security concern

With both South Korea and the United States focused on domestic matters – 2022 presidential race and 2022 midterm elections respectively, it will be...

Why China cannot invade Taiwan

China’s recent aerial incursion in Taiwan air defense zone and President Xi Jinping’s confrontational remarks re-prompted a debate on whether or not Beijing is...

BP acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power in US

BP said on December 7 the UK company took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of AMPLY Power,...

The deep fall of a child prodigy

The surprise was great, and he staged it in his usual professional manner. Sebastian Kurz, who at 31 became Austria's youngest-ever chancellor, announced his...

EBRD facilitates renewable energy investment in Central and Eastern Europe

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the transition of Photon Energy NV (Photon Energy), a renewable energy developer and independent...

Oil climbs as OPEC+ may delay further supply recovery if there is a slump in demand

Oil prices climbed on December 3 after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and oil producing allies led by Russia, a grouping...

UAE, Kazakhstan to explore opportunities in the energy sector

Samruk-Kazyna, the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan, said on December 1 it has signed a long-term strategic agreement with Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company,...

New US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 to keep pressure on Russia

The United States on November 22 imposed new sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.The US, Ukraine...

Orsted explores renewable hydrogen, green fuels in Denmark

COPENHAGEN – At the Orsted’s construction site at the Avedore Power Plant located just south of Copenhagen, the Danish multinational power company is currently...

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...

Is Lukashenko setting a new trap for Europe?

One can hardly imagine the misery of the refugees at the border between Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. Thousands of people from Iraq, Syria and...

Ireland’s climate action plan must look beyond de-growth led by the state

The Republic of Ireland has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, after the coalition government of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens...

Lukashenko would not dare cut gas supplies to EU without Kremlin’s permission

Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut gas supplies to Europe transiting his country if the European Union imposed further sanctions in response...

The Second Karabakh War, one year later

One year after the end of the Second Karabakh War, the landscape in the South Caucasus has changed: both politically and physically. Against all...

At COP26, EU pledges €100 million to the Adaptation Fund

At COP26 in Glasgow, the European Commission has announced a new pledge of €100 million in finance for the Adaptation Fund.“We have to scale...

US-China ink joint deal to enhancing climate action in the 2020s

The United States and China have signed a joint declaration on enhancing climate action this decade, agreeing to cooperate on regulatory frameworks and environmental...

Uzbekistan plans to double energy production to 30 GW by 2030

Uzbekistan will announce three new international tenders, for the construction of over 400 kilometers of overhead power lines, and two other new tenders for...

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Tuzla could be a regional leader in sustainable heating

Tuzla, in Bosnia and Herzegovina can entirely replace the use of coal with sustainable renewable sources for both local power and heating, a new...

Ukraine and the Pandora Papers

The recent publication by a worldwide consortium of news organizations regarding those in Ukraine who benefited from offshore tax shelters, bypassing domestic banking procedures,...

KazMunayGas and Linde ink MoU under green hydrogen and ammonia project

Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas and Germany-based technology company Linde have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate and jointly develop clean...

Covid infections in the Eurasia region hit a new high

Infections in the Eurasia region hit a new high last week, mainly driven by Ukraine and Russia, the two biggest countries, which are having...

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, US and Partners launch Global Methane Pledge to keep 1.5C within reach

The European Union, the United States and partners formally launched on November 2 the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions...

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...

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