Visit of Commissioner Piebalgs to Ghana: "Ghana is a model of development"
European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 October 2012 Tomorrow, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will begin a two-day visit to Ghana. He will meet with the Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, and acknowledge the smooth political transition after the passing of the late President Atta Mills.
Background on Commissioner Piebalgs' visit to Ghana and EU energy cooperation with West Africa
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 29 October 2012 EU cooperation with Ghana Ghana receives a total of €455.34 million under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) 2008-13. Funding focuses on transport, governance and general budget support for poverty reduction. 70% of EU funds are channelled through budget support.
October infringements package: main decisions
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 October 2012 October October DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYEMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH& CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION& CUSTOMS BE X X X X BG X DK X X X EE X ES X FR X IT X X X LT X LU X X NL X PL...
Internal energy market: Commission refers Poland and Slovenia to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules
European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 October 2012 The European Commission is referring Poland and Slovenia to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the EU internal energy market rules. To date Poland has transposed the Electricity Directive only partially.
EIB reinforces its support for upgrading Poland’s energy distribution network
PRESS RELEASE Warsaw/Luxembourg, 18 October 2012 The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending PLN 950 million (approx. EUR 230 million) over 15 years to ENEA S.A., the top company of the ENEA Capital Group, one of the four largest vertically integrated energy groups in Poland.
Luxembourg, 4 October 2012 The Council adopts energy efficiency directive
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN 14392/12 PRESSE 404 The Council today adopted1 the energy efficiency directive (PE-CONS 35/12, 13917/12 ADD1 REV3), with the Finnish delegation abstaining and the Spanish and Portuguese delegations voting against. This follows a first-reading agreement with the European Parliament.
Luxembourg, 4 October 2012 The Council adopts new rules on the exchange of information on energy agreements with third countries
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN 14399/12 PRESSE 405 The Council today adopted1 a decision establishing a mechanism for the exchange of information between member states and the Commission on intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy, in order to optimise the functioning of the internal energy market (PE-CONS 30/12,...
New Commission proposal to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production
European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 October 2012 Today, the Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive...
Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 October 2012 What are biofuels? Biofuels are liquid or gaseous transport fuels made from biomass. The most important biofuels today are bioethanol (made from sugar and cereal crops) used to replace petrol, and biodiesel (made mainly from vegetable oils) used to replace diesel.
Leading in energy efficiency and foreign investment EU industry needs to seize opportunities in globalization
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 October 2012 The 2012 European Competitiveness Report1 seeks to identify opportunities to make European industries more competitive by maximising the benefits of globalisation. EU competiveness performance in globalisation, energy efficiency and FDI in detail This memo provides details on important developments which highlight the good...
Commissioner Oettinger welcomes final adoption of Energy Efficiency Directive
European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 October 2012 Günther Oettinger said: "I strongly welcome the positive Council vote today on the Energy Efficiency Directive. The most important phase of the process – the implementation – will start soon.
Commissioner Oettinger welcomes Council adoption of the Decision on the intergovernmental agreements’ mechanism
European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 October 2012 Günther Oettinger said: "This is a first pragmatic step to increase transparency on intergovernmental agreements in the energy field. It will help increase compliance and consistency with the EU legislation.
Nuclear stress tests: confirmation of high safety standards but need for further improvement
European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 October 2012 The standards of safety of nuclear power plants in Europe are generally high but further improvements in the safety features of almost all European nuclear power plants are recommended.
Communication on nuclear stress test
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 October 2012 1. How many nuclear power plants (NPPs) were included in the stress tests and where are they located? All Reactors in the EU were assessed – there are in total 145 reactors in 15 EU Member States In the EU, the reactors are...