07 February 2013

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Commissioner Oettinger at World Economic Forum in Davos

On 25 January, the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "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. Sustainable, secure and competitive energy is my mantra. Europe's energy goals, our targets of renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, are firmly embedded in our economic policy. No sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy! But Europe is not the world. And the way we are going is quite a different direction from most of the world. A better way."

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Nuclear: New cooperation mechanism established between the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

On 25 January 2013, the first Senior Officials' meeting bringing together officials from the European External Action Service, the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took place in Brussels. The discussions focused on enhancing cooperation in all areas relating to nuclear technologies, including safety and security of nuclear energy production and research activities.
The cooperation between the IAEA and the EU institutions has grown significantly over the last years, with the EU being a major contributor to the activities of the IAEA, both in terms of financing and technical expertise. Traditionally the cooperation has focused more on non-proliferation and ensuring that all nuclear material is used only for peaceful purposes. After the Fukushima accident, nuclear safety has gained more momentum. Given the scale of the challenges, close coordination between the EU and the IAEA is essential for further strengthening nuclear safety and security worldwide.

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Georgia wants to become full member of Energy Community

On 28 January, the Republic of Georgia officially applied to join the Energy Community and confirmed to be ready and willing to become a fully-fledged Member of this international organisation. Georgia has been an observer to the Energy Community since 2007.

The Commission is now looking forward to initiating exploratory talks with the Georgian authorities. 
The Energy Community is an international organisation based on a Treaty signed between the European Union and the following nine Contracting Parties: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Kosovo. To date, Armenia, Georgia, Norway and Turkey have the status of observers.

The Energy Community aims at creating an integrated energy market across the region which allows for cross-border trade, guarantees energy supply and takes into consideration climate and social aspects.

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1st EU - Norway Energy Conference

The European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will hold a conference on the role of gas in future EU energy systems. The conference "The Role of Natural Gas in Transforming European Energy Systems" will be organised in Brussels on 5 March 2013.Natural gas offers an effective route to a competitive and decarbonized European energy market: but how do we get there? The conference will focus on innovation along the value chain and competitiveness. Deadline for registration is 25 February.

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