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11/07/2014

Security of gas supply: the role of gas developments in the Mediterranean region

European Commission Joint Statement Malta, 11 July 2014 Joint statement by Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for energy, and Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Energy and Health of the Government of Malta Today, Energy Ministers from the EU, North Africa and the East Mediterranean, high officials, industry...
10/07/2014

July infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2014 July July In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
10/07/2014

Energy efficiency in buildings: Commission refers Poland and Austria to Court and proposes fines

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission is referring Poland and Austria to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
08/07/2014

Questions and answers on the amended Nuclear Safety Directive

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 July 2014 What is new in the directive? The amended Nuclear Safety Directive strengthens the nuclear safety framework of the EU. The amendment reinforces the provisions of the existing directive.
08/07/2014

The EU takes the lead on nuclear safety with the amendment to the Nuclear Safety Directive

European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 July 2014 The EU's new Nuclear Safety Directive was adopted today by the Council. It provides more power and independence for national regulatory authorities, a high-level EU-wide safety objective, and a European system of peer reviews.
26/06/2014

Speech: EU-OPEC dialogue: one of the key priorities of EU international energy relations

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: 11th Ministerial meeting of the European Union and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Brussels, 24 June 2014 Dear Ministers, Secretary General, distinguished guests, Welcome to Brussels! In the past decade our Energy Dialogue has been...
25/06/2014

EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue : Joint Conclusion of the eleventh Meeting of EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue

European Commission Statement Brussels, 24 June 2014 The eleventh Ministerial meeting of the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) took place in Brussels on 24 June 2014.
19/06/2014

Speech: The European Energy Policy for 2020 and beyond

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: Erasmus Energy Forum, Rotterdam School of Management Rotterdam, 19 June 2014 Ladies and gentlemen Europe is changing how it sources, transports and consumes energy.
19/06/2014

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 June 2014 What is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)? Now in its ninth edition, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – 23 to 27 June 2014 – is the premier event for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in...
19/06/2014

Speech: Is delivery of the Internal Energy Market on time?

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: Conference of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) Brussels, 18 June 2014 Thank you for organising this conference. It is an important topic and there is a need for good discussions.
11/06/2014

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes agreement on the revised Nuclear Safety Directive

European Commission Statement Brussels, 11 June 2014 European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "Nuclear safety is paramount to all European citizens. We need to put all our efforts into making sure that the highest safety standards are followed in every single nuclear power plant across the EU.
10/06/2014

Power market challenges and the European Energy Security Strategy

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Union of the Electricity Industry (Eurelectric) Annual Convention London, 3 June 2014 Dear president Teyssen, Dear Vice Presidents Mexia and Proglio, Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be here in London today and I would like to...
02/06/2014

Statement by the European Commission following the trilateral energy meeting between the EU, Russia and Ukraine today

European Commission Brussels, 2 June 2014 Statement Following receipt of payment of 786 million USD by Gazprom from Naftogaz, a trilateral meeting on energy security between EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan took place in Brussels on Monday 2 June.
30/05/2014

Statement after the trilateral meeting between the EU, Russia and Ukraine on energy security

European Commission Brussels, 30 May 2014 Statement On Friday (30 May) afternoon a trilateral meeting on energy security between EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan took place in Berlin. Further progress has been achieved.
28/05/2014

Questions and answers on security of energy supply in the EU

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 May 2014 Why is the European Commission presenting a European Energy Security Strategy now and what are the next steps? The EU's energy dependence is of course not new. But it did gain an added dimension in the light of recent geopolitical events, i.e.
28/05/2014

Energy security: Commission puts forward comprehensive strategy to strengthen security of supply

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 May 2014 The European Commission reacts on the current geopolitical environment and the EU´s import dependence: It advocates a new European Energy Security Strategy. Diversifying external energy supplies, upgrading energy infrastructure, completing the EU internal energy market and saving energy are among its main...
26/05/2014

Statement by the European Commission following the meeting of EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan

European Commission Berlin, 26 May 2014 Statement Substantial progress has been made today.  However, there is no breakthrough yet. The following solution is proposed subject to confirmation by Russian and Ukrainian authorities and gas companies until Wednesday 28 May 2014: “Naftogaz commits to pay an amount of 2 billion US-Dollars...
22/05/2014

Media arrangements

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 May 2014 Media arrangements Next trilateral meeting between EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan The next trilateral ministerial meeting between EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan on energy security will take...
21/05/2014

Paving the way for European energy security

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 May 2014 Completing the internal energy market, saving energy, increasing domestic energy production as well as diversifying sources, routes and counterparties of energy imports: these are ways to reduce the EU’s energy dependence.
19/05/2014

EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger and Russian Energy Minister Novak discuss security of gas supply

European Commission Statement Brussels, 19 May 2014 European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger met Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak today in Berlin in order to discuss issues relating to security of gas supply and transit from Russia via Ukraine to the EU.
19/05/2014

European Commission's statement following the meeting of EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan

MEMO Warsaw, 2 May 2014 European Commission A first trilateral exchange of views dedicated to security of gas supply and transit from Russia via the Ukraine to the EU took place today in Warsaw. In a constructive meeting the parties discussed how to best ensure continued gas supplies and transit...
12/05/2014

Energy: Commission releases €750 million for infrastructure projects

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2014 The first call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects is open. A total of €750 million will be made available for first priority projects mainly in the gas and electricity sectors.
06/05/2014

G7 ROME ENERGY MINISTERIAL MEETING ROME G7 ENERGY INITIATIVE FOR ENERGY SECURITY JOINT STATEMENT

European Commission Press release Rome, 6 May 2014 We, the Energy Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the EU Commissioner for Energy, following The Hague Declaration of G7 Leaders of March 24th, met in Rome on May 5th and 6th to discuss...
06/05/2014

Speech: An integrated European energy market - more important than ever

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: 15th Anniversary of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) Brussels, 29 April 2014 Thank you for inviting me to say some words today, on the 15th Anniversary of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET).
02/05/2014
28/04/2014

Commission welcomes breakthrough leading to gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine

European Press release Brussels, 28 April 2014 Commission The European Commission welcomes the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enabling gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine, which is set to take place this afternoon in Bratislava.
16/04/2014

April infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2014 April April In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
16/04/2014

Energy efficiency in buildings: Commission refers Belgium and Finland to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 April 2014 The European Commission is referring Belgium and Finland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
08/04/2014

Gas Coordination Group and Roundtable on Security of Supply with Gas Industry

European Commission Statement Brussels, 8 April 2014 EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger chaired a meeting of the Gas Coordination Group as well as a Roundtable on Security of Supply with gas industry representatives today in Brussels.
02/04/2014

EU-US Energy Council – Joint Press Statement

European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 April 2014 1. The fifth EU-US Energy Council met today in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.
28/03/2014

March infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 March 2014 March March EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT INTERNAL MARKET JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 2 CZ 1 EL 1 FI 1 FR 2 HU 1 IE 1 IT 1 1 1 LT 1 PT 1 SV 1 In its monthly...
21/03/2014

Speech: The 2030 energy targets: What challenges for innovation?

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: Conference: "Europe's energy future. Efficiency and Competitiveness through Innovation and Smart Integration" 19 March 2014 The late Watts Humphrey is not a household name in Europe. But without him we would not have today's software systems.
20/03/2014

Speech: An energy community for the future

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy An energy community for the future European Parliament, conference: "Speech: " Brussels, 20 March 2014 Dear Mr. Buzek, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Dear Minister Prodan, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to address today's conference on the...
12/03/2014

Speech: Masterminds Europe – Re-inventing Europe

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Günther Oettinger European Commissioner for Energy Speech: International Real State Fair MIPIM Cannes, 12 March 2014 The decisions architects and urban planners make today will define the world we have in two or three generations’ time.
07/03/2014

Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 11 March

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance (ECOFIN) Ministers will take place in Brussels on 11 March at 10.00. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier, Commissioner...
28/02/2014

Preparation of the Energy Council, 4 March 2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 February 2014 The first Energy Council under the Hellenic Presidency will be held on 4 March in Brussels. EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger will represent the European Commission.
20/02/2014

Commission launches negotiations with Georgia to join the Energy Community

European Press release Tbilisi, 20 February 2014 Commission Today the European Commission and Georgia launched negotiations for Georgia's accession to the Energy Community. The negotiations in Tbilisi were held in the presence of Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, for the European Commission and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Vice-Prime Minister as well...
20/02/2014

Security of supply: Commission is referring Cyprus to the Court for failing to transpose the EU rules on minimum oil reserves

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission is referring Cyprus to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the Oil Stocks Directive. The Directive requires Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and petroleum products to ensure security of oil...
20/02/2014

Internal energy market: Commission refers Ireland to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission is referring Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully transpose the EU internal energy market rules. To date, Ireland has only partially transposed the Electricity Directive (2009/72/EC).
20/02/2014

February infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 February 2014 February February EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 1 BE 1 CY 1 1 1 CZ 1 DK 1 EE 1 ES 1 2 IE 1 IT 2 LU 1 1 2 PT 1...
23/01/2014

January infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 23 January 2014 January January In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
23/01/2014

Renewable Energy: Commission refers Ireland to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 January 2014 The European Commission is referring Ireland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the Renewable Energy Directive. The Directive aims at ensuring a 20% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2020.
22/01/2014

2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 January 2014 A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure...
22/01/2014

Questions and answers on the proposed market stability reserve for the EU emissions trading system

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 January 2014 What has the Commission proposed today concerning the EU ETS? The Commission has presented a legislative proposal to establish a market stability reserve for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), as part of the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.
22/01/2014

Questions and answers on 2030 framework on climate and energy

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 January 2014 Why does the EU need a new climate and energy framework for the period up to 2030? The European Commission is today proposing a framework which provides predictable and certain energy and climate objectives applicable beyond 2020 and up to 2030.
22/01/2014

Commission publishes report on "Energy Economic Development in Europe"

European MEMO Brussels, 22 January 2014 Commission Energy is an important issue in the macroeconomic surveillance of Member States. It affects the macroeconomic performance through several channels, the main one being the link to competitiveness, since energy costs affect the production costs of industries and services, as well as the...
22/01/2014

Questions and answers on the price report

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 January 2014 Why is the Commission presenting this study now? Rising energy prices are a major concern for European governments, citizens and businesses and they affect Europe's global competitiveness.
20/01/2014

Questions and Answers on an action plan to support the development of blue energy

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 January 2014 What is blue energy? Blue energy – or ocean energy - covers all technologies to harvest the renewable energy of our seas and oceans other than offshore wind (a Communication on offshore wind energy has already been adopted in 2008).
18/12/2013

State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into support for energy-intensive companies benefitting from a reduced renewables surcharge

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the reduction granted to energy-intensive companies on a surcharge for the financing of renewable energy sources in Germany (the so-called "EEG-surcharge") is compatible with EU state aid rules.
17/12/2013

Gas from Azerbaijan: Commission welcomes final investment decision to extract gas pledged for Europe

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2013 The European Commission welcomed today's final investment decision (FID) on extracting gas from the Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan. With this long-awaited decision, it is confirmed that Europe will get 10 billion cubics metres (bcm) per year starting from end...
11/12/2013

Preparation of the Energy Council, 12 December 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 December 2013 The last Energy Council under the Lithuanian Presidency will be held on 12th December 2013 in Brussels. Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will represent the European Commission.
29/11/2013

Competitiveness Council – 2-3 December 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 29 November 2013 The second meeting of the Competitiveness Council under the Lithuanian Presidency will meet formally in Brussels on December 2-3. The Council will be chaired by the Lithuanian Minister of Economy, Evaldas Gustas, except for the Research part of the Council which will be...
26/11/2013

Leading the way in making Europe's cities smarter – Frequently asked questions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 November 2013 Cities are the major source of European economic activity and innovation. But cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and pollution. Concerted action is needed to make urban environments cleaner and healthier to live in and to make them use less...
26/11/2013

Making Europe's cities smarter

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 November 2013 At a conference today hosted by the European Commission, city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice.
21/11/2013

Speech - Plenary Urbanisation

European Commission Commissioner Oettinger Commissioner to Energy Plenary Urbanisation EU-China Summit/Beijing 21 November 2013 Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a honour for me to lead an initiative that represents in a very particular way a win-win situation for China and Europe.
21/11/2013

Speech - Smart City Subforum

European Commission Commissioner Oettinger Commissioner to Energy Smart City Subforum EU-China Summit/Beijing 21 November 2013 Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today at the Smart Cities Sub Forum. It is very stimulating to see how this topic attracts so much interest and generates so much initiative.
20/11/2013

Renewable Energy: Commission refers Austria to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20.11.2013 The European Commission is referring Austria to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive. The Directive aims at ensuring a 20% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2020.
20/11/2013

November infringements package: main decisions

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea MEMO Brussels, 20 November 2013 November November CLIMATE ACTION COMPETITION DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT HEALTH HOME AFFAIRS INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE MARTIME AFFAIRS & FISHERIES TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 1 1 1 BE 1 1 3 CY 1...
19/11/2013

16th EU-China Summit (Beijing, 21 November 2013)

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2013 On 21st November 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, will meet Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Beijing for the 16th EU-China Summit.
19/11/2013

EU-China relations and the 16th EU-China Summit - Beijing, 21 November 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 November 2013 The 16th EU- China summit will take place in Beijing on 21 November 2013. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
05/11/2013

Questions and Answers: EU Commission: Guidance for state intervention in electricity

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 5 November 2013 Why this communication? Renewable energy - both wind and solar - was for a long time a new technology that needed state intervention to develop. With technological progress, investment costs in solar panel falling and production expanding, many Member States have started a...
17/10/2013

October infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 October 2013 October October In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
14/10/2013

Energy: Commission unveils list of 250 infrastructure projects that may qualify for €5,85 billion of funding

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 October 2013 A modern infrastructure with adequate interconnectors and reliable networks is crucial for an integrated energy market where consumers get the best value for their money. Today, the European Commission has adopted a list of some 250 key energy infrastructure projects.
14/10/2013

Questions and Answers: projects of common interest in energy

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 October 2013 What are projects of common interest? Projects of common interest (PCIs) are key infrastructure projects, which will help Member States to physically integrate their energy markets, enable them to diversify their energy sources and help bring an end to the energy isolation some...
04/10/2013

Speech - The future of TSOs – electricity and gas highways

European Commission Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy Speech - PWC client Round Table/Brussels 24 September 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen The questions facing TSO's today are more complex, more uncertain than ever before.
26/09/2013

September infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 September 2013 September September CLIMATE ACTION EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT     1   1           BE 1          ...
25/09/2013

Competitiveness Council – 26-27 September 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 September 2013 The Competitiveness Council will meet formally in Brussels for the first time under the Lithuanian Presidency on September 26-27. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President Antonio Tajani, (Industry and Entrepreneurship) on Thursday 26th September, and by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (Research) and...
20/09/2013

Forest resources in the EU

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 September 2013 A new Forest Strategy responding to the new challenges facing forests and the forest sector has been published by the European Commission today, which underlines the importance of forest resources in the EU.
06/09/2013

EU and Ministers reaffirm importance of ITER for future energy needs

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 September 2013 At today's meeting at ministerial level at in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France, high-level representatives of the seven ITER Members acknowledged the progress achieved in the construction of one of the most complex scientific and engineering projects in the world today, the ITER international...
17/07/2013

A Transatlantic Energy Revolution: Europe's Energy Diversification and U.S. Unconventional Oil and Gas

European Commission Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy Center for Strategic and International Studies. Washington D.C./Washington 16 July 2013 Dear Mrs Conley, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to say a few words about recent developments on global energy markets and the implications that these have or will...
17/07/2013

Regulators in the EU and US Call upon International Oil and Gas Companies to Raise Global Safety Standards

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 July 2013 Just days before European rules on offshore safety for European companies abroad enter into force, and just a few months before additional requirements for companies operating in US waters take effect, the European Commissioner for energy, Guenther Oettinger, has called for operating and...
28/06/2013

EU Commission welcomes decision on gas pipeline: Door opener for direct link to Caspian Sea

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 June 2013 The European Commission welcomed today's final selection of the pipeline delivering Azeri gas to Europe. The Consortium of the Shah Deniz II gas field, who holds the license for exploiting the 16 bcm/year gas reserves, has chosen the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to...
24/06/2013

Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Awards and the ManagEnergy Local Energy Award Ceremony 2013

Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy Opening of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013/Brussels 24 June 2013 First of all, welcome to each and every one in this wonderful theatre. Thank you for coming! Let me quote a recent headline1 "90% of investors say … sustainability reports are essential".
21/06/2013

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013: FAQ and main features

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 June 2013 What is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)? Now in its eighth edition, the EU Sustainable Energy Week - 24 to 28 June 2013 features activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
20/06/2013

June infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 June 2013 June June AGRICULTURE EDUCATION & CULTURE EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 1 BE 2 1 3 BG 1 CY 1 1 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1...
20/06/2013

Internal gas market: the Commission takes Poland to Court over regulated gas prices for business consumers

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to comply with the EU internal energy market rules. Under the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) prices should primarily be determined by supply and demand.
20/06/2013

Energy efficiency in buildings: Commission refers Portugal to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The European Commission is referring Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Directive. Under this directive, Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for all buildings, ensure...
13/06/2013

EU Nuclear Stress Tests: Legally binding reviews every six years

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 June 2013 The safety of nuclear energy production is vital for all Europeans. Rigorous safety provisions help ensure that accidents like Fukushima will not happen in Europe. They also guarantee the most efficient response should a nuclear emergency nevertheless occur.
13/06/2013

New Nuclear Safety Directive

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 June 2013 What is new in the directive? The proposal substantially strengthens the provisions of the existing directive. It: introduces EU-wide safety objectives; sets up a European system of peer reviews of nuclear installations; increases transparency on nuclear safety matters; strengthens the role and independence...
06/06/2013

TTE (Energy) Council, 7 June 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 June 2013 The 3243rd meeting of the Council of the European Union (transport, telecommunications and energy) will be held on 7 June 2013 in Luxembourg. The meeting will start with the presentation of the progress report on the proposed Directive relating to the quality of petrol...
30/05/2013

May infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 30 May 2013 May May DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY Industry & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 1 BE 1 1 1 CZ 1 EE 1 1 EL 1 1 1 1 ES 1...
23/05/2013

Speech by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger on behalf of HRVP Catherine Ashton on the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire

European Commission Catherine Ashton EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission European Parliament/Strasbourg 23 May 2013 Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament.
23/05/2013

Speech by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger on behalf of HRVP Catherine Ashton on the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and its implications

European Commission Catherine Ashton EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission European Parliament/Strasbourg 23 May 2013 Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, We share the concerns expressed by this House on the execution in India of Mr Afzal Guru...
21/05/2013

Energy Commissioner Oettinger welcomes Parliament adoption of offshore legislation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 May 2013 Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said: "I welcome this major step enhancing the safety of offshore oil and gas production in the EU. Past accidents have shown the devastating consequences when things go badly wrong offshore.
17/05/2013

Speech: EU ENERGY POLICY BEYOND 2014

European Commission Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy EU Speech: EU ACER Conference Ljubljana, 17 May 2013 Dear Mr Pototschnig, Dear MEPs, dear Lord Mogg, Dear Director-General Philip Lowe, Dear regulators, TSOs, suppliers, Dear ladies and gentlemen, May I thank the organisers and our hosts for giving us the opportunity...
03/05/2013

EU-Ukraine Conclusions on the Roundtable Gas Market Developments in Ukraine

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 May 2013 Participants recognised the progress being made by Ukraine to increase its energy security, inter alia through the modernisation of its gas transportation system, the diversification of its sources of gas, and its efforts to move forward with gas sector reforms and restructuring of...
25/04/2013

April infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 April 2013 April April CLIMATE ACTION DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION BE 1 CY 1 1 DE 1 1 DK 1 EE 1 EL 1 1 ES 1 1 1 HU 1 IE 1 IT...
08/04/2013

Commissioner Oettinger met Foreign Minister of Iceland Skarphédinsson

European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 April 2013 Today Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger met with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Mr Össur Skarphédinsson where they discussed matters of mutual interest including the role Geothermal energy plays in the European Union's renewable energy strategy and the way the EU and Iceland,...
27/03/2013

Questions and Answers: Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 March 2013 What are the key objectives of this framework? The key objectives are to reducing greenhouse gas emission, securing energy supply and supporting growth, competitiveness and jobs through a high technology, cost efficient approach.
27/03/2013

Renewable energy progress report

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 March 2013 What are the EU Renewable Energy targets? The Renewable Energy Directive adopted in 2009 sets binding targets for renewable energy. It focuses on achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the EU overall energy consumption by 2020.
27/03/2013

Commission moves forward on climate and energy towards 2030

European Press release Brussels, 27 March 2013 Commission The European Commission today took the first step towards developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies. It adopted a Green Paper which launches a public consultation on the content of the 2030 framework.
27/03/2013

Consultative Communication on the future of Carbon Capture and Storage in Europe

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 March 2013 What is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)? Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a set of technologies that captures the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from industrial plants based on fossil fuels, transports it to a suitable storage site and stores it in underground...
21/03/2013

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes Council adoption of the Energy Infrastructure Regulation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said today: "This is really a breakthrough and will give a big push to much needed infrastructure: Rather than waiting up to 12 years or longer for a permit, developers of crucial cross-border infrastructure - such...
21/03/2013

March infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 March March EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT BE X X BG X CY X IT X MT X PL X PT X X RO X SI X In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal...
21/03/2013

Renewable Energy: Commission refers Poland and Cyprus to Court for failing to transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 The European Commission is referring Poland and Cyprus to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Renewable Energy Directive. The Directive aims at ensuring a 20% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2020.
21/03/2013

Internal energy market: Commission refers Romania to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 The European Commission is referring Romania to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the EU internal energy market rules. To date, Romania has only partially transposed the Electricity and Gas Directives.
12/03/2013

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes Parliament adoption of the Energy Infrastructure Regulation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 March 2013 Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said today: "This is really a breakthrough and will give a big push to much needed infrastructure: Rather than waiting up to 12 years or longer for a permit, developers of crucial cross-border infrastructure - such...
07/03/2013

Two years after Fukushima – nuclear safety in Europe

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2013 Immediately after the accident in the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, the European Union decided to reassess the level of nuclear safety in all nuclear power plants in the EU.
21/02/2013

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes political agreement on offshore legislation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said: "I welcome this major step enhancing the safety of offshore oil and gas production in the EU. Past accidents have shown the devastating consequences when things go badly wrong offshore.
21/02/2013

Preparation of the Energy Council, 22 February 2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 February 2013 The first Energy Council under the Irish Presidency will be held on 22nd February 2013 in Brussels. Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will represent the European Commission.
21/02/2013

February infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 February 2013 February February DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 1 BE 1 1 3 CY 1 1 DE 1 DK 1 EL 1 1 ES 1 1 FI 1 FR 1...
15/02/2013

Europe's cities and regions set out plans to make renewable energy a "major player" after 2020

Press Release The EU's Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives Brussels, 1 February 2013 The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called on the EU to set its sights past 2020 and commit to developing a long-term strategy that enables renewable energy to become a real competitor and truly alternative...
13/02/2013

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes the signature of the intergovernmental agreement on TAP

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 February 2013 EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomed today's signature of a tri-lateral intergovernmental agreement (IGA) as an essential step in the preparation of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project (TAP).
13/02/2013

Energy consumption EU27 energy dependence rate at 54% in 2011 Energy consumption down by 6% between 2008 and 2011

13 February 2013 The economic slowdown observed in the EU since the beginning of the financial crisis is also visible in the evolution of energy consumption. Gross inland energy consumption1 in the EU27 fell from a level of 1 800 million tonnes of oil equivalent2 (toe) in 2008, to 1...
25/01/2013

Speech at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

European Commission Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy World Economic Forum/Davos 25 January 2013 When I became responsible for energy in the European Commission, I have made it my business to place energy policy where it belongs, at the heart of economic policy.
24/01/2013

January infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 January 2013 January January COMPETITION DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT               1 2     BG 1     2  ...
24/01/2013

Internal energy market: Commission refers Bulgaria, Estonia and the United Kingdom to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 January 2013 The European Commission is referring Bulgaria, Estonia and the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose the EU internal energy market rules.
18/01/2013

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes ratification of TANAP gas pipeline agreement

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 January 2013 EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger welcomes the ratification of TANAP gas pipeline agreement and the agreement completed today between the Shah Deniz 2 consortium and Nabucco consortium.
17/01/2013

Speech: Inauguration of the ITER Headquarters Building in Cadarache

European Commission Günther OETTINGER EU Commissioner for Energy Inauguration of the ITER Headquarters Building/Cadarache 17 January 2013 Dear Director General Motojima, Madame le Ministre, Dear Senators, Mayors, Prefects, Dear representatives of our ITER Partner Countries, Dear ITER staff and everybody involved in the ITER project, Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives...
07/01/2013

INVITATION - PRESS BRIEFING Cost-effectiveness of Cohesion Policy Investments in Energy Efficiency

EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS Luxembourg, 07 January 2013 The cost of increased energy consumption, the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the effect of human activities on global climate change are drivers of recent energy efficiency policies.
21/12/2012

EU support to Ukraine for energy reform and local development

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 December 2012 The European Commission has announced additional EU funding for Ukraine for 2012 today. The support is part of the Eastern Partnership and will focus on energy reform and the involvement of citizens in local development.
19/12/2012

30th EU-Russia Summit

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 December 2012 The European Union and the Russian Federation will hold their 30th bilateral summit on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December 2012 in Brussels. The EU will be represented at the summit by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President...
19/12/2012

3204th Council meeting Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Brussels, 3 December 2012

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN 17048/12 PRESSE 500 PR CO 67 PRESS RELEASE President Mr Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS Minister for Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus Main results of the Council The Council adopted conclusions on renewable energy setting out lines for future work to support renewables.
18/12/2012

Questions and Answers on the outcome of the first call for proposals under the NER300 programme

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 December 2012 Results of the first call for proposals What is the outcome of the first call for proposals? The Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion to 23 innovative renewable energy technology (RES) projects.
11/12/2012

Brussels, 30 November 2012 The Council and the European Parliament reach informal agreement on energy infrastructure regulation

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN 17044/12 PRESSE 499 The Council and the European Parliament have paved the way for the adoption of the regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council today endorsed the agreement reached with the European Parliament on 27 November...
06/12/2012

Commission welcomes decision to grant Moldova more time for energy legislation

European Press release Brussels, 6 December 2012 Commission The European Commission welcomed yesterday's decision to give Moldova almost four extra years to unbundle its gas pipeline network. The Ministerial Council of the Energy Community has extended Moldova’s deadline for the implementation of ownership unbundling rules in the gas sector until...
04/12/2012

2012 EU-US Energy Council to meet in Brussels, 5th December 2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 December 2012 2012 2012 Tomorrow, 5th December 2012, the EU-US Energy Council will meet in Brussels for the fourth time since it was established in November 2009. The EU High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, and the Commissioner for...
30/11/2012

Preparation of the Energy Council, 3 December 2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 30 November 2012 The Energy Council under the Cyprus Presidency will be held on 3 December 2012 in Brussels. Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger will represent the European Commission.
29/11/2012

EESC president argues for urgent EU action to eradicate energy poverty

29 November 2012 The EU must step up its efforts to combat fuel poverty which affects a growing number of EU citizens, according to Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). He also attributed energy price rises to incomplete internal market integration.
28/11/2012

European Investment Bank provides EUR 155m to support renewable energy investment in Ireland

PRESS RELEASE 28 November 2012 Renewable energy generation from onshore wind farms across Ireland will be significantly increased using a EUR 155 million loan to Bord Gáis from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB support will contribute to the construction and operation of six onshore wind farms, in Counties...
28/11/2012

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes faster decisions on infrastructure

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 November 2012 Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said: "This is really a breakthrough and will give a big push to much needed infrastructure: Rather than waiting up to 12 years or longer for a permit, developers of crucial cross-border infrastructure - such as...
26/11/2012

EIB and Aquitaine Region commit €800m for sustainable development and energy efficiency

PRESS RELEASE Thursday 22 November 2012 Today, Thursday 22 November 2012, the commitment of €800m for education, sustainable development and renewable energy was announced by the Aquitaine Region and the European Investment Bank (EIB), following a signing ceremony held at the Aquitaine Regional Council presided over by Alain Rousset, President of...
21/11/2012

Internal energy market: Commission refers Poland and Finland to Court for failing to fully transpose EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 November 2012 The European Commission is referring Poland and Finland 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 Gas Directive into national law only partially.
21/11/2012

November infringements package: main decisions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 November 2012 November November CLIMATE ACTION EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT HEALTH& CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 2 BE 1 1 2 BG 1 1 CY 2 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1 EL 3...
20/11/2012

State aid: Commission opens two in-depth inquiries into Italian support measures in energy sector in Sardinia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 November 2012 The European Commission has opened two separate in-depth investigations under EU state aid rules regarding public support measures in the region of Sulcis-Iglesiente in Sardinia, Italy.
16/11/2012

"Energising" Africa for a sustainable development

European Commission Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA) / Addis Ababa 16 November 2012 Ministers, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Africa is on the move. This message is both true and widely understood.
15/11/2012

It's time to complete the internal energy market

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 November 2012 An efficient, interconnected and transparent European internal energy market will offer citizens and businesses secure and sustainable energy supplies at lowest possible cost.
29/10/2012

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.
29/10/2012

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.
24/10/2012

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...
24/10/2012

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.
18/10/2012

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.
17/10/2012

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.
17/10/2012

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,...
17/10/2012

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...
17/10/2012

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.
10/10/2012

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...
04/10/2012

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.
04/10/2012

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.
04/10/2012

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.
04/10/2012

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...
28/09/2012

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes the signature of the political agreement on TAP

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 September 2012 EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomed yesterday's signature of a political agreement allowing the go-ahead of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project (TAP). TAP is a 20 billion cubic metres per annum (bcma) pipeline between Italy, Albania and Greece.
31/08/2012

Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Alpiq's energy technology supply business by French rival VINCI Group

European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 August 2012 The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger regulation the proposed acquisition by VINCI of the energy technology supply business (EVT Business) of the German group Alpiq.
09/08/2012

Günther OETTINGER EU-Kommissar für Energie Welche Energiepolitik für Europa? Europäische Investitionsbank – "Bridge Forum Dialogue"/ Luxembourg 2 Juli 2012

Europäische Kommission Meine Herren Präsidenten − lieber Herr Mersch, lieber Herr Hoyer − verehrte Gäste, meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, vielen Dank für Ihre Einladung zu Ihrem renommierten Dialog, Ihrem Forum hier in Luxemburg, in diese Europäische Bank, deren Gebäude für die moderne Architektur Europas steht.
10/07/2012

Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

European Press release Brussels, 10 July 2012 Commission One of the greatest challenges facing the EU is how best to design and adapt cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities, consuming 70% of the EU's energy.
10/07/2012

Smart Cities and Communities Communication

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 What are "Smart Cities & Communities"? Smart and innovative cities make the best use of Europe's great capacity for research and innovation to improve the urban environment.
28/06/2012

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes TANAP gas pipeline agreements

European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 June 2012 EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomed today's signature of the Inter Government Agreement and the Host Government Agreement to implement the Trans-Anatolia Gas Pipeline (TANAP): "Europe is now a step closer to its aim to get gas directly from Azerbaijan and the...
28/06/2012

Commissioner Oettinger welcomes decision on "Nabucco West" pipeline

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 June 2012 Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomes today's decision of the Shah Deniz Consortium (Azerbaijan) for the "Nabucco West" pipeline. "With this pre-selection, we are a step closer to getting gas directly from Azerbaijan and other countries in the Caspian region.
28/06/2012

EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue, Ninth Meeting

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 June 2012 Joint Conclusion The ninth Ministerial-level meeting of the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) took place in Brussels today.
27/06/2012

European Commission: building blocks towards economic growth

MEMO Brussels, 27 June 2012 European Commission On 28th and 29th June, EU leaders will come together at the European Council to agree on a comprehensive package of measures to boost growth and jobs in the European Union, a "Compact for Growth And Jobs".
21/06/2012

Renewable energy: national legislation in 4 Member States still not in line with EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 Increasing the share of renewable energy to 20% in the EU energy consumption by 2020 relies on the commitment of Member States to fully implement the requirements of EU legislation.
21/06/2012

Internal energy market: national legislation in 3 Member States is still not fully in line with EU rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 Opening energy markets for competition is key to competitiveness of the EU economy as a whole. An efficient, interconnected and transparent European internal energy market will also offer consumers a choice between different companies supplying gas and electricity and will make the...
18/06/2012

EU Sustainable Energy Week: Commission will present financing opportunities for renewables

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 June 2012 Between 18 and 22 June 2012, an estimated 150,000 people across Europe will discuss energy efficiency and renewables during the seventh edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.
18/06/2012

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2012: FAQ and programme

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 June 2012 What is the EUSEW? Now in its seventh edition, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (18 to 22 June 2012) is the core annual event of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, which features activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
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