6 May 2010

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EU conference: 500 cities pledge to reduce CO2 by more than 20%

More than 500 European mayors have committed to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% by 2020. By signing the Covenant of Mayors, they pledge to save energy, foster renewable energy and raise awareness among their citizens. They have signed the declaration in the presence of EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain. The Covenant of Mayors is a Commission initiative, supported both by the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions.


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Commission refers Greece to Court for failure to implement a Euratom Directive

The European Commission decided yesterday to refer Greece to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for its failure to implement a Directive on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste and nuclear spent fuel. The Directive aims to protect the health of workers and the general public and to avoid illicit traffic of such materials.

Member States were required to implement the Directive into national law by 25 December 2008. However, despite two formal requests, Greece has not yet informed the Commission about the full implementation of the Directive.


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Gas Committee: Member States agree to improve transparency on gas networks

 

The Gas Committee has recently agreed on new transparency requirements for gas transmission networks. Information on gas flows and available capacities is not only needed to optimise utilisation of the existing infrastructure and to ensure fair and non-discriminatory access to the network for all, but also to warrant good management in case of supply emergencies. After consultation with the European Parliament, the new transparency rules will apply from 3 March 2011.   

Improving transparency has been an essential part of the EU's policy for market liberalisation and security of supply. The implementation of the third package will bring major improvements in transparency of use of networks, storage and LNG. The detailed provisions on transparency for the gas networks are laid down in the Annex of the Gas Regulation. As they are detailed and very technical they can be amended through comitology.

The main improvements in the amended guidelines are as follows:

  • Information on available and used network capacity will be made available to all network users faster and in greater detail so that all suppliers of gas know how to transport gas most efficiently, cheaply and quickly to the consumer;
  • The format of publication of the information is harmonised all along the EU so that information is comparable across different networks;
  • Increased information is published on how to calculate tariffs for the use of the gas network;
  • Network users will be better informed on the possibility of interruption and on the liabilities they face when transporting gas through the European network;
  • All suppliers will be better informed on the trading of capacity between network users;

The gas committee is a regulatory committee composed of the representatives of the Member States and chaired by the European Commission.

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Commission opens public consultation on Energy Strategy for Europe

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on stock taking document "Towards a new Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020". We would welcome your views on this document, which will feed into the preparation of a new Energy Strategy that the Commission aims to adopt early next year. The consultation will run until 2 July 2010.

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