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A binding CO2 target for 2020 and changes in Emissions Trading Scheme The Parliament recommends that the EU should now agree a binding CO2 target for 2020 and an indicative one for 2050. It proposes a target of EU 30% reduction of CO2 for 2020 and a 60-80% reduction for 2050. It proposes the continuation… » read more

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Consensus is growing among a wide range of stakeholders to reinforce the powers of a proposed new European agency to regulate energy markets, it emerged from a Parliament hearing. But opinions still differ sharply in Brussels about the need to break up the EU’s largest energy firms as a means of boosting competition.On 19 September… » read more

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Discussing the directive

The Postal Users Group (PUG), an alliance of Europe’s major users of postal services, said the directive would bring benefits to users in terms of choice and prices. Chairman Per Mortensen added: “The challenge for the 27 Member States is to ensure they successfully adopt the directive’s legal framework to local conditions in ways that… » read more

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“This dispute is of fundamental importance,” said the general secretary of the international trade union body UNI, Philip Jennings. “If the big postal groups don’t abide by the law [on social protection] after liberalisation of the postal market in the EU then a precedent will be set that could be followed in other states.” However,… » read more

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A vote in the European Parliament paving the way for unbridled competition among postal operators has been welcomed by many as a key step in improving the quality and efficiency of mail services across Europe. But others fear the new law will lead to massive job cuts and a deterioration of working conditions.In October 2006,… » read more

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Positions on proposals

EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs told MEPs during a 31 January hearing in the Parliament’s ITRE Committee that “few proposals have been assessed as well” as the Commission’s third liberalisation package, and the Commissioner remains “convinced” that full unbundling or the ISO option remain “the best solutions”. The Commission will examine the Franco-German proposal “very… » read more

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The status of TSOs are at the heart of the disagreement between the eight member states and the Commission over how large, vertically-integrated energy firms should be treated during the further liberalisation of EU electricity and gas markets.Obliging energy-producing firms to give up their transmission assets is “not compatible with constitutional law and with the… » read more

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The set of amendments for a third option for energy market liberalisation are proposed in a letter dated 29 January and signed by Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Slovak Republic. The letter, sent to the Commission and to the Parliament’s Industry (ITRE) Committee, features only one significant change compared to an… » read more

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The 6th European Business Summit, to take place on 21-22 February in Brussels, will focus on “greening the economy” and finding “new energy for business,” organisers have announced, one week after the Commission published ambitious climate and energy proposals.”Climate change and energy are the hot topics today, at political level and in corporate boardrooms,” said… » read more

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France, Germany and six other member states have submitted proposals outlining a ‘third option’ for energy liberalisation. The full document argues that the Commission’s proposals to unbundle vertically-integrated energy firms will not achieve their desired effect in terms of more grid investments and lower energy prices.In its third liberalisation ‘package’ proposals unveiled on 19 September… » read more

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