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  • Energy Union – On Track?

    The Energy Union has had an impressive start, with 12 legislative proposals in 2016 alone the European Commission means business. However, publishing proposals is one thing, getting the legislation adopted by the European Parliament and Member States is a much harder challenge. While the security of gas supply package was adopted relatively smoothly, it is…

  • PARIS AGREEMENT – US COPING OUT

    The Paris Climate Agreement has been a diplomatic success story, giving rise to the hope that the world finally unites in the fight against climate change. In 2015, 196 countries signed the international compromise and formally committed to finding solutions in order to mitigate climate change. Trump’s announcement on 1 June to withdraw from the…

  • Winter Package is coming

    The 2016 Winter Package is the most important deliverable of the European Commission’s Energy Union project, contributing to all its dimensions: Energy security, integrated energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and R&D and innovation. Its size (1000 pages of core text) is as impressive as its ambition. This package aims at nothing less than creating the…

  • Shale gas hasn’t gone away

    Europe still needs pragmatic solutions to its critical energy challenges. Europe’s Energy Union Strategy shapes the EU’s approach to climate and energy policy. Its intentions are clear:  to provide a framework to address an increasingly turbulent and rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape at a time when our own indigenous resources are declining.  In short, seeking to…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • 2016 Energy Outlook

    2016 will be a critical year for energy policy in the EU and beyond. Most of the initiatives to be adopted as part of the EU’s Energy Union Strategy will happen this year and, finally, the EU legislature will have proposals to work on. The successful COP21 and resulting Paris agreement are yet to be…

  • Strasbourg Diary #2 – Christmas wonderland

    The city of Strasbourg turns into a Christmas wonderland for the final European Parliament plenary session of 2015 (minus real snow this year as parts of Europe experience incredibly mild festive weather….climate change anyone?) Famous for its Christmas market and buildings draped with festive decorations, there was a rare atmosphere of good cheer this week…

  • Energy Efficiency – Guiding light in EU’s building sector

    Energy efficiency is one of the five key dimensions of the European Commission’s Energy Union Strategy and is a strategic and indispensable component in addressing Europe’s energy challenges. The European Commission (EC) calculates that every additional 1% in energy savings will cut gas imports by 2.6%, thus boosting energy security while reducing overall import dependency,…

  • Strasbourg Diary #1 – Listening to the heart of EU’s democracy as terror shut the EU capital down

                      Travelling to Strasbourg for this week’s European Parliament Plenary session felt like a mission. With Brussels under lockdown for the whole weekend and the state of emergency extended, no one really knew what to expect when leaving the security of ones home. Metros shut, schools and…

  • State of the Energy Union – the starting shot to the year of delivery

    “We have successfully decoupled growth from emissions, but 2016 will be the Energy Union Year of Delivery”, was one of the key messages of Vice President Šefčovič in his presentation of the first ever State of the Energy Union. From the volume and breadth of information published it is clear that the Commission means business…

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