2 December 2010

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Energy performance of buildings: the Commission asks Italy and Spain to ensure full compliance with European legislation

Last week, the European Commission formally requested Italy and Spain to ensure full compliance with European rules on the energy performance of buildings. These rules should in particular enable European citizens to benefit from all relevant information about the buildings which they buy or rent. They also require each Member State to provide for a scheme for the regular inspection of boilers and air-conditioning systems.

The Commission’s decisions take the form of reasoned opinions. The Commission may decide to take these Member States to the Court of Justice if no measures are adopted within two months to ensure compliance.
 

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More Information: Commission web page on the energy efficiency of buildingsTop

 

New EU rules on security of gas supply for citizens

This week, the new Regulation concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply entered into force. These new rules tackle the following challenges:
 

  • A well functioning internal gas market as first crisis response
  • Gas supply security for EU consumers
  • More physical interconnections and gas infrastructure for security of supply
  • Better preparedness and crisis response at national or regional levels
  • Regional cooperation and a European approach
  • Union or regional emergency
  • Increased transparency and information exchange

 

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More Information: Facts and figures on security of gas supply

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10th Anniversary of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue

On 22 November 2010, the Coordinators of the EU – Russia Energy Dialogue, the Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and Minister Sergey Shmatko, organised a high-level conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue, founded at the EU-Russia Summit in October 2000.

The conference was followed by the Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Energy between the EU and the Russian Federation. During the PPC, a Joint Report "EU-Russia Energy Dialogue 2000-2010: Opportunities for our future Energy Partnership" was signed by the Coordinators of the Dialogue.

 

More Information: External dimension of Energy Policy

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EU-US Energy Council – Press statement


Energy is an important component of the EU-U.S dialogue in the 21st century, because it has effects across our foreign, economic and development policies. By working together on energy, the EU and the U.S. are increasing our mutual security and prosperity; underpinning stable, reliable and transparent global energy markets; and coordinating our regulatory regimes and research programmes to speed the deployment of tomorrow’s clean and efficient energy technologies.

Our cooperation supports economic growth and job creation, and advances our climate change goals. The European Union and the United States established the EU-U.S. Energy Council at the ministerial level in November 2009 to deepen our dialogue in these areas. The Energy Council met again today to review progress and delegate new projects to the working groups on security, technology and policy.

Ministerial-level Participants on the EU side were the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Energy Minister Freya Van den Bossche for the EU Presidency and Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, and on the US side US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Energy Daniel Poneman. We, the Principals, reviewed the work of the Energy Security Working Group and were encouraged by progress since the last meeting in the development of a Southern Corridor to diversify sources and routes to help meet Europe’s long-term natural gas requirements.

We noted the June 7, 2010 signing of a gas transit and pricing agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan, which opened the way for producers and shippers to negotiate contracts to bring Caspian gas to European markets.

We look forward to the conclusion of commercial agreements with the Shah Deniz II consortium in early 2011, which will trigger actual construction of the necessary infrastructure.

We considered additional, non-Caspian sources of gas for the Southern Corridor, agreeing that Iraq has the potential to export while meeting its own domestic requirements.

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