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I collected a few interesting blogosphere reactions to yesterday’s FT news that the European Commission will restrict Russian access to the European gas- and electricity transmission networks when it will present new proposals for further liberalisation of the energy market on 19 September [see story on EurActiv and original news on the Financial Times]. On the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The Institute for European Environmental Policy has published a new report showing the link between car use, climate change and obesity. The report (paid for by Greenpeace) recommends to promote walking and banning cars around schools. More on this in the BBC News. A remarkable story in Business Intelligence Middle East: according to the IEA,… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

For all the political rhetoric about the urgency to fight climate change, political and economic elites still do not seem to understand the full ramifications of our global crisis. This is illustrated once more by the revolt of six “new” EU member states (Latvia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia) against the Commission’s… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In November 2007, the European Commission is due to present its first ideas on what has been called the 2008 “health check” of the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP). The phrase “health check” has been carefully chosen to prevent any fears that the Commission will start a new “review” of its most controversial policy area.… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The New York Times has an interesting story on the rising costs for new power plants because of increasing global competition for raw materials such as copper, steel or nickel. The story shows that the so-called energy alternatives (coal, nuclear, wind power) will have their own challenges as demand growth for the raw materials needed… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

After the presentation of its Green Paper on 29 June, the European Commission organised a stakeholder conference on the issue of climate change adaptation on 3 July. The conference highlighted the input of different directorate-generals into the Green paper but lacked a horizontal view of the subject in terms of sustainable development. It says something… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The 4th ministerial-level meeting of the EU-OPEC energy dialogue took place on 21 June in Vienna. The European Commission issued a press release on the outcome of the meeting. The EU delegation tried to ease OPEC’s fears of the bloc’s biofuels policy. In March 2007, the EU Council set the member states a 10% minimum… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer