Archive | June, 2014

Massive EU gas investment a mistake

By Xavier Sol and Kuba Gogolewski, originally appeared in EU Observer BRUSSELS – Friday’s (27 June) gathering of EU ministers is the second time this month to discuss, among other things, Europe’s supply of natural gas.The crisis in Ukraine has been a wakeup call, exposing Brussels’ weak position vis-a-vis Russia which delivers 25 per cent […]

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Massive EU infrastructure priority projects lack mandatory environmental assessment

EU heads of state gathering today and tomorrow will discuss the European Energy Security Strategy promoting a number of massive infrastructure projects which include gas pipelines, LNG terminals and storage facilities even though their overall environmental impact has not been adequately assessed. Environmentalists are currently battling the European Commission over this issue in Court. The […]

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Recommendations for the Improvement of the PCI Designation Process and the Public Consultation

On the basis of the TEN-E regulation 12 strategic priority corridors for energy infrastructure with a cross-border dimension have been identified. A list of Projects of Common Interests (PCIs) has been approved by European Commission in October 2013. Yet, the consultation process of the first PCI list has been far from perfect and the list […]

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No more gas!

The crisis in Ukraine has put energy security (and especially the dependence on Russian gas) on top of the political agenda in the European Union again. However, the EU’s response has been uninspired so far and largely consists of building more gas infrastructure even though demand has fallen for the forth year in a row […]

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Azeri gas not such a good idea for EU, say NGOs

They believe that the EU’s preferred gas import plans are not safe energy bets By  Marie-Martine Buckens  originally appeared in Europolitique The EU’s plans to import gas via gas pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) are not only contrary to its long-term climate objectives but also unjustified in the context of the European Commission’s predictions […]

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New mega gas pipelines redundant according to the EU’s own projections

  The EU’s plans for large new gas import pipelines and LNG terminals to Europe, outlined in the European Commission’s October 2013 list of priority energy projects as well as in the May blueprint for energy security to be discussed during tomorrow’s Energy Council (1), are not only counter to the EU’s long-term climate goals […]

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Mayor of Venice arrested over EU-funded project

By Valentina Pop, originally appeared on EU Observer BRUSSELS – The mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, and 35 other people were arrested Wednesday (4 June) on corruption charges linked to a project co-funded by the EU. Orsoni was placed under house arrest as 300 police officers carried out raids to seize €40 million in assets […]

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Why the new European Parliament should care about the EIB

The role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been a marginal topic during the European election campaign – regrettable for a bank with such an impact on the European economy. Here are some good reasons why newly elected MEPs should pay attention to the EIB over the coming five years in office.  Blogpost by […]

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The Great Nature Sale (Carbon Credit 3)

Putting a price on nature is the only way to save it, we are told by banks, companies and governments. Only then we can measure its value and only what’s measurable can be protected. That is perhaps the most imperative consequence of financialisation, it allows for only one pair of glasses to look at world […]

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Offsetting is a massive threat to wildlife, warn environmental groups

Biodiversity offsetting is already being used by developers to justify schemes that will cause irreversible harm to nature, warn over 15 environment groups across the world today (Monday 2 June 2014), ahead of a major biodiversity offsetting conference in London this week.[1] The conference – “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond” on 3 and 4 June[2] –will […]

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