Energy ministers clash over nuclear power
Pro-nuclear countries are upset at its absence from European Commission's energy union strategy, and want a new package for nuclear funding.
Energy ministers from the European Union’s member states clashed over nuclear energy at a meeting in Brussels today (5 March), in a conflict that has pitted Germany against the United Kingdom and France.
The EU is rightly considering a fundamental shift in its neighbourhood policy, but its questions do not probe deep enough.
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A good week for...
The prime minister of Estonia is in prime position for another term in office after his reform party won the most seats in a general election on Sunday (1 March). There is still work to do, however, as the Reform Party and its junior coalition partner fell short of a majority. Rõivas has already started talks on forming a new government, and has ruled out co-operation with the Centre Party, the second largest in parliament, which advocates closer ties with Russia.
A bad week for...
Taxi-drivers caused traffic disruption on Tuesday (3 March) during a protest against plans by the regional government's transport minister, Pascal Smet, to liberalise their trade. The plans, approved by the Brussels government last Friday, would open the door to Uber, the web-based service; but are still subject to negotiation.
Profile of the Dutch minister for foreign affairs.
In the autumn of last year, the Dutch government nominated as a European commissioner its foreign minister, Frans Timmermans, from the centre-left Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA). To replace him in the government, the PvdA went outside the country, summoning Bert Koenders, who had effectively left national politics three years earlier and was working for the United Nations in Mali.
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Pablo Echenique, a far-left Spanish MEP, is to leave the European Parliament next month, to contest elections in Aragón that take place on 24 May. He is …
A much-awaited strategy on completing the EU's energy union has now been adopted. This special report looks at the obstacles the EU faces in its quest for energy harmony.
- A high-energy proposal?
- Imagining an EU energy union
The European Commission’s forthcoming strategy on energy union will be an indication of the Commission’s ambition and commitment.
There are many issues the European Commission will have to address if it is to achieve its ambitions of cross-border co-operation on energy.
- Energy legacy of the Baltic states
- Energy union: who wants what?
- Energy union: what to expect from the Commission
- Energy Union: who's the boss?
Featured ContentLet’s build an energy union based on Europe’s strengths
Energy relations between Latvia and its neighbours are illustrative of the problems of mistrust that plague Europe's efforts toward energy union.
EU member states and the energy sector have very different ideas about how an energy union should work.
The energy union strategy will comprise five pillars and will give new impetus to existing legislation.
Commissioners Maroš Šefcovic and Miguel Arias Cañete have both been given responsibility for EU energy policy, a situation already resulting in some power struggles.
Playing to Europe’s strengths will give us the confidence and inspiration to deliver a secure, low-carbon and competitive energy system.
European Food Safety Summit
24 March 2015
Improving business performance and securing the global supply chain from farm to fork.
Creating Europe’s digital highways: Competition, innovation and investment in high-speed broadband
24 March 2015
Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE
The debate will focus on whether there is sufficient competition in the European telecoms market, whether planned policy initiatives will boost or reduce the level of competition and how this affects innovation and investment.
With: Andrus Ansip, Marvin Ammori, Steven Tas, Mario Mariniello