Ein Binnenmarkt für Energie – mit zentraler Rolle der EU-Kommission

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Vergangene Woche legte die EU-Kommission ihr lang erwartetes „Energiepaket“ vor. Der Fokus liegt insbesondere auf Maßnahmen zur Verbesserung der Energieversorgungssicherheit durch Integration der nationalen Energiemärkte, die Erhöhung der Gaslieferantenauswahl und einer stärkeren Aufsichtsrolle der EU-Kommission bei Energiefragen. EU-Energiekommissar Šefčovič kritisierte, die Nord Stream 2-Pipeline sei unvereinbar mit den Zielen der Energieunion, da sie die Abhängigkeit von russischem Gas erhöhe. Weitere Initiativen zum Thema Gebäudeenergieeffizienz sind noch in der ersten Jahreshälfte 2016 zu erwarten. Continue reading

European Energy Union – are we getting closer to connecting the grid?

Although European integration in the early 1950s started around energy issues, efforts in this field have ever since been hampered by narrow national interests and a lack of coordination. Central and Eastern Europe serves as point in case – it is a region heavily energy-dependent on Russia, yet we can observe very diverging positions of these countries.IMG_6123 Even before the current international crisis, the energy sector had become highly unpredictable, stalling inflow of critical investments into infrastructure. The EU tried to be a front-runner in fighting global warming and setting very ambitious goals for CO2 reduction, but might have to review these goals. Does the new situation call for a reassessment of renewable energy, our position on shale gas and nuclear power plants? Will it mark a change of attitude in Europe – are member states willing to step beyond their national interests? Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “European Energy Union – are we getting closer to connecting the grid?”

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23 April 2015
12:00-14:00h

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

Although European integration in the early 1950s started around energy issues, this topic has ever since been hampered by narrow national interests and a lack of coordination. Central and Eastern Europe serves as point in case – it is a region heavily energy-dependent on Russia, yet we can observe very diverging positions of these countries. Continue reading