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The third Lech Energy Forum will take place on April 10 and 11 in Lech am Arlberg in Austria
09/04/2014

The Forum aims at discussing and developing perspectives for the future energy policy with high level representatives of industry, politics and civil society from different countries.

This year the focus will be on four questions: Will energy costs and prices spiral out of control? Will crude oil and the combustion engine still be indispensable in road transport for many years to come? What is the role of water in energy production? Who are Europe‘s allies in the global energy markets and what will be the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the markets?

Energy Commissioner Oettinger and EIB Vice President Molterer will be joined by the Polish Deputy Minister of the Economy Dycha, the Lithuanian Energy Minister Neverovic, the Member of the Swiss Federal Council in charge of energy and transport Leuthard and the new Romanian Energy Minister Nicolescu. The Austrian Region of Vorarlberg, which is hosting the Forum, will be represented by its Governor, Landeshauptmann Wallner.

Apart from that several representatives of European energy companies have confirmed their participation including the CEOs of OMV, Verbund AG, RWE, EDF Energy and Shell Nederland. Industry will be represented as well by board level participants from, among others, Siemens, Daimler, BASF, Alstom und ABB.

 

Trans-Atlantic Energy Relations: Energy Council affirms support for Ukraine
02/04/2014

Today the fifth EU-US Energy Council met in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and US Secretary of State John Kerry with others. The Council affirmed its strong support for Ukraine’s efforts to diversify its supplies of natural gas including through the rapid enhancement of reverse flow capacities, build its gas storage to maintain gas supplies to Ukraine and Europe, and take the decisive measures it recently announced with the IMF to build a competitive energy economy. The Council further welcomed the prospect of US LNG exports in the future since additional global supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners.

Joint Press Statement

Recorded EU-US Energy Council

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Trans-Atlantic Energy Relations: Energy Council affirms support for Ukraine
02/04/2014

Today the fifth EU-US Energy Council met in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and US Secretary of State John Kerry with others. The Council affirmed its strong support for Ukraine’s efforts to diversify its supplies of natural gas including through the rapid enhancement of reverse flow capacities, build its gas storage to maintain gas supplies to Ukraine and Europe, and take the decisive measures it recently announced with the IMF to build a competitive energy economy. The Council further welcomed the prospect of US LNG exports in the future since additional global supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners.

Joint Press Statement

Recorded EU-US Energy Council

Photos

 

2014 Spring European Council
21/03/2014

A European Council meeting took place in Brussels on 20-21 of March. Among the various issues at stake – Ukraine, the conclusions on the European Semester, the EU-Africa summit – the Council discussed the new 2030 framework on climate and energy, and its link with European industrial competitiveness and the Europe 2020 strategy. Heads of State or Government agreed on the way forward aiming at a joint approval of the framework by October 2014. Moreover, they agreed that the coherence between greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy efficiency and the use of renewables should be further improved to ensure cost-effectiveness. In this regard, a reformed Emissions Trading System will play a central role. Guaranteeing flexibility for Member States will also be crucial, to ensure national circumstances are respected. It is important to secure affordable and competitive energy prices for households and businesses. The European Council invited the Commission to provide further details on the framework by June 2014, such as: an impact analysis for each Member State, a strategy for fair effort sharing and for boosting modernisation, measures to prevent carbon leakage and ensure long-term security for industrial investments, and the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

The European Council invited the Commission to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence. The Commission is also invited to propose specific interconnection objectives to be attained until 2030.

2014 Spring European Council
21/03/2014

A European Council meeting took place in Brussels on 20-21 of March. Among the various issues at stake – Ukraine, the conclusions on the European Semester, the EU-Africa summit – the Council discussed the new 2030 framework on climate and energy, and its link with European industrial competitiveness and the Europe 2020 strategy. Heads of State or Government agreed on the way forward aiming at a joint approval of the framework by October 2014. Moreover, they agreed that the coherence between greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy efficiency and the use of renewables should be further improved to ensure cost-effectiveness. In this regard, a reformed Emissions Trading System will play a central role. Guaranteeing flexibility for Member States will also be crucial, to ensure national circumstances are respected. It is important to secure affordable and competitive energy prices for households and businesses. The European Council invited the Commission to provide further details on the framework by June 2014, such as: an impact analysis for each Member State, a strategy for fair effort sharing and for boosting modernisation, measures to prevent carbon leakage and ensure long-term security for industrial investments, and the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

The European Council invited the Commission to conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and to present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of EU energy dependence. The Commission is also invited to propose specific interconnection objectives to be attained until 2030.

European Commission at MIPIM fair
20/03/2014

From 11 to 14 March the European Commission participated to the MIPIM fair, the biggest world fair for the real estate sector, that took place in Cannes. In a joint stand, DG Energy and DG Enterprise presented the policies on energy efficient buildings and smart cities, and the available financial support under the Structural funds and Horizon 2020. DG Energy organised a session on the common voluntary certification scheme for non-residential buildings, that the Commission is supposed to adopt soon with the Energy Performance of Buildings directive. On the occasion, Commissioner Oettinger delivered speeches about re-inventing Europe and energy transition, which included a panel of 80 CEOs. He also took part in the Mayor's think tank, and delivered an award for the best "Green building and innovation" project.

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