EU accused of being too nice with Gazprom in the infamous antitrust case

Participation of Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, in the debates of the 'Journées de Bruxelles'. Date: 19/10/2016   Reference: P-032676/00-17   Location: Brussels - Bozar. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts

Last week came to be a crucial one for the long-standing dispute between the Russian energy giant Gazprom and the European Union. Gazprom will work on a compromise with EU regulators and will finalise a deal to end a five-year antitrust case avoiding fines and any other imposed term, according to official declaration. The news […]

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

Visit of Maroš Šefčovič to the United States in May 2016. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Olivier Douliery.

This article was exclusively written for the European Sting by Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union. The role of energy in our day-to-day lives is undoubtedly crucial for the functioning of any modern society. From powering homes, our vehicles, and our industries, energy is one of the most important commodities in the […]

Better late than never? Commission runs now to fight energy dependency on Russia with the sustainable energy security package

Maros Sefcovic Canete European Commission Energy

It was last Tuesday when the Commission launched a set of measures to increase energy security in the European Union. The executive arm of the EU now aims mainly at reducing dependency from countries outside the bloc (i.e. Russia), endorsing the energy union and decreasing the use of fossil fuels by replacing them with renewables. Being one […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “CO2 is not the problem, it is the symptom”, the pilots who crossed the world using solar energy cry out from Davos

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 19JAN16 - View of the Congress Center with the different flags of participating countries ahead of the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 19, 2016.

  WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Michael Buholzer

The World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos opened its doors earlier this morning with the first major session of the day and of the Forum being on Climate Change. Its title was “Around the World without Fuel or Fear” and it took place in the Congress Hall of the Davos Congress Centre. The stimulating session […]

From Russia with love: Brussels and Moscow close to an agreement on Ukraine’s gas supplies

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union at the Western Balkans Summit last August (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/08/2015)

Following a few months of mere “meditation”, the European Commission and Russia held a bilateral meeting in Vienna last week where they finally made progress on Ukraine gas supplies and energy security. Russia was represented by the Minister for Energy, Mr. Alexander Novak and the CEO of Gazprom, Mr. Alexej Miller. The EU was represented by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President […]

EU members commit to build an integrated gas market and finally cut dependency on Russia

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the High Level Group on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity by Maroš Šefčovič, in the presence of Miguel Arias Cañete, standing, on the left, and Ivan Vrdoljak, Croatian Minister for Economy, standing in the centre. (EC Audiovisual Services, 10/07/2015)

Last week, amid uncertainty driven by the Greek vote in the referendum, an important step towards Energy Union was taken. Fifteen EU and Energy Community countries signed a deal to accelerate the building of gas infrastructure, and so to reduce their long lasting reliance on Russia. Ministers from Ukraine and other fourteen countries, more than half […]

EU to lead one more fight against climate change at G7 summit

Karmenu Vella, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the trophies to the winners of the Natura 2000 competition, during a ceremony organised in Brussels. (EC Audiovisual Services, 21/05/2015)

The UN talks that are being held in the context of a 10-day climate conference in Bonn are highly crucial for the preparation of the final agreement that must be signed at the climate summit in Paris in 6 months from now. Therefore, officials from 190 nations are gathered in the German city to discuss […]

EU’s new environmental policy on biofuels impacts both the environment and the European citizen

Joint press conference last February by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC, on the strategy of the EC to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy (EC Audiovisual Services, 25/02/2015)

The proposal of the European Commission (EC) back in 2012 regarding the reduction of traditional biofuels as renewable energy sources to 7% of final energy consumption in transport by 2020 seems to have serious chances of being adopted by the European Parliament (EP) since the environment committee was in favor of this proposal during yesterday’s meeting. […]

European Energy Union: Integration of markets and need for in-house energy production

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union, participated in the EP plenary session, in the presence of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC. It was there where he presented his strategy for the EU Energy Union. (EC Audiovisual Services, 27/02/2015)

The European Commission (EC) official convened in Brussels two days ago to discuss and decide about the crucial matter of the European Energy Union. The strategy of the implementation of this Union was presented and according to Maros Šefčovič, vice-president of the EC, would be “the biggest energy project since the Coal and Steel Community”. However, […]

Parliament votes reform for better European Co2 market but critics want it sooner than later

Tough to compromise climate energy with industry? Not for Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, who received the CEOs of the energy intensive industries earlier in the month. (EC Audiovisual Services, 19/02/2015)

Yesterday at the European Parliament a crucial vote for environmental protection was cast. The Environment Committee of the Parliament made a decisive step towards the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions in the Old Continent, combatting climate change. What is known as the biggest carbon emission market in the world, the EU, will be tackling the issue with […]