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New EC Energy Efficiency Directive - guide
The cheapest energy is the one we do not consume. The counting down has started to achieve Europe's 20% energy efficiency target for 2020. If nothing changes ...
Nuclear Stress Tests - guide
The "stress tests" are a set of additional safety criteria drawn up in the light of the nuclear accident in Fukushima. These EU wide criteria will be in ...
Commission proposal to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production
The European Commission has published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the ...
Renewable energy progress report 2015
The European Commission published on 16 June its progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, showing that the EU is on track to meet its 20% renewable ...
2018 Commission Work Programme
The European Commission presented on 24 October 2017 the 2018 Commission Work Programme for completing the work on its ten political priorities before the end ...
EU anti-subsidy investigation on solar panel imports from China
The European Commission has launched an anti-subsidy ("countervailing duty") investigation into imports of solar panels and their key components (i.e. solar ...
Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy in 2050 - guide
The European Commission today adopted a Roadmap for transforming the European Union into a competitive low carbon economy by 2050. The Roadmap describes the ...
Securing the EU's energy interests abroad
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on security of energy supply and international cooperation, setting out for the first time a comprehensive ...
State of the Union 2018: stronger anti-money laundering supervision
In the 2018 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker proposed stronger anti-money laundering ...
Agreement on gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enabling gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine was signed in Bratislava on 28 April 2014. José Manuel Barroso, President of ...
Clean fuels for transport directive
New EU rules were adopted on 29 September to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, ...
EUROfusion - the European Fusion Joint Programme
The European Commission and the European fusion research laboratories launched on 9 October a European joint programme on fusion in Horizon2020 - 'EUROfusion' ...
Clean and energy-efficient vehicles - European strategy for the uptake of green vehicles - briefing
The European strategy for encouraging the development and eventual widespread use of clean and energy efficient vehicles aims to help the European car industry ...
Nuclear stress tests - guide
From 1 June 2011 onwards, all 143 nuclear power plants in the EU will be re-assessed using EU wide criteria. These are comprehensive tests as the Commission ...
Political agreement on offshore legislation
The European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on a Commission legislative proposal on the safety of oil and gas operations in the EU. ...
Amended Nuclear Safety Directive
The EU's Council of Ministers on 8 July adopted a new Nuclear Safety Directive. It provides more power and independence for national regulatory authorities, a ...
EU excise duties on commercial diesel – Frequently Asked Questions
The new proposal is based on the fact that existing tax differentials on diesel used by trucks ("commercial gas oil") create distortions of competition within ...
EU approval of six electricity capacity mechanisms to ensure security of supply
The European Commission approved on 7 February under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. ...
New Nuclear Safety Directive
In a new proposal which amends the nuclear safety directive from 2009, the European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the ...
EU Commission: Guidance for state intervention in electricity
The European Commission presented on 5 November a Communication which gives guidance to EU Member States on how to make the most of public interventions, how ...
Making the internal energy market work - Communication
On 15 November 2012, the European Commission presented a Communication assessing the state of play of the internal energy market, to be completed by 2014. The ...
European Commission Opinion on the 2019 draft budgetary plan of Italy
The European Commission identified on 23 October in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal ...
First call for proposals under the NER300 programme
The European Commission on 18 December awarded over EUR 1.2 billion funding to 23 highly innovative renewable energy demonstration projects under the first ...
European Energy Programme for Recovery - briefing
The European Commission selected on 4 March 43 major energy projects, which will significantly contribute to the economic recovery in the EU, while increasing ...
EU Urban Agenda: consultation results
The European Commission unveiled the results of the public consultation on the EU Urban Agenda during the 2nd European CITIES Forum on 2 June in Brussels. The ...
Temporary free allocation of emission allowances for power plants beyond 2012 - guide
The European Commission has adopted a framework under which EU Member states may compensate some electro-intensive users, such as steel and aluminium ...
European Commission 2014 – 2019 - portfolios and supporting services
The European Commission's president-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced on 10 September the allocation of responsibilities in his team and the way work will be ...
Commission staff reform - guide
The European Commission has today backed a series of proposed changes to staff rules in a continuing drive for greater efficiency and economy.
Third legislative package for an internal EU gas and electricity market - guide
The aim of the third energy package is to make the energy market fully effective and to create a single EU gas and electricity market. This will help to keep ...
Juncker Commission second annual Work Programme
The European Commission adopted on 27 October its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political ...
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