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EU energy saving funds unclaimed - EUbusinessWeek 515


21-01-2011

EUbusiness Week 515 top stories: Europe to bump up rescue fund, fresh tests for banks; Hackers stole two million tonnes of EU carbon credits; Germany stands by Schengen veto for Romania, Bulgaria; EU conflict of interest rewrite fails to impress NGOs; Price tag of Europe's Galileo satellite rises again; EU takes action against Sweden over wolf hunt

This Week's Top Stories

1. Europe to bump up rescue fund, fresh tests for banks
2. Hackers stole two million tonnes of EU carbon credits
3. Germany stands by Schengen veto for Romania, Bulgaria
4. EU conflict of interest rewrite fails to impress NGOs
5. Price tag of Europe's Galileo satellite rises again
6. EU takes action against Sweden over wolf hunt

Publisher's Note

At a time of great shortage of government investment money, the EU has substantial funding available for energy efficiency, says Stephen Tindale, Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform and former Director Greenpeace UK.

The EU's Cohesion Fund could provide eight billion euros for energy efficiency work in residential buildings, he says. To date, however, only EUR 200m of this has been claimed.

It is indeed surprising that this amount of funding has not as yet been taken up. Energy efficiency is the quickest and most cost-effective way to create jobs in green industries, improve energy security and reduce emissions.
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Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe to bump up rescue fund, fresh tests for banks

European leaders on Tuesday signalled their readiness to bump up emergency funding for distressed states and vowed fresh and more stringent test of banks' exposure to sovereign debt.
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Soros tells Europe to bolster banks

2. Hackers stole two million tonnes of EU carbon credits

Hackers stole two million tonnes of polluting rights in a five-day raid this week on the European Union's carbon emissions trading system, an EU source said on Thursday.
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EU disarray makes it easy for carbon credits hackers

3. Germany stands by Schengen veto for Romania, Bulgaria

Germany says it will continue to oppose Romania and Bulgaria joining Europe's visa-free Schengen zone until the two countries have eliminated concerns about endemic corruption.
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4. EU conflict of interest rewrite fails to impress NGOs

The Commission plans to revamp its conflict of interest rules for former top officials who take up plum private sector jobs have failed to impress anti-corruption watchdogs.
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5. Price tag of Europe's Galileo satellite rises again

The price tag of Europe's much-delayed and over-budget Galileo satellite navigation system has risen by another EUR 1.9bn, amid reports a contractor derided the project as 'stupid'.
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6. EU takes action against Sweden over wolf hunt

The Commission on Monday announced it is taking formal action against Sweden for culling wolves in breach of EU legislation.
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