The European Union is responding to the global economic crisis through actions on different levels.
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04/03/2014 - Energy and natural resources
Energy ministers discussed the impact of rising energy costs and prices on European consumers and on the EU's industrial competitiveness. |PHOTOS AND VIDEOS|
22/01/2014 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
Supported by a detailed analysis on energy prices and costs, the 2030 framework will ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States, leading to the development of new technologies. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/01/2014 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology
The action plan should help drive forward this nascent 'blue energy' sector towards full industrialisation. Ocean energy covers all technologies to harvest the renewable energy of our seas and oceans other than offshore wind. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
12/12/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Transport and travel
The Council endorsed a report on the progress on the completion of the EU internal energy market, and a report on the review of developments on the external dimension of the EU energy policy in the follow-up to the European Council of 22 May 2013. |PHOTOS|
14/10/2013 - Energy and natural resources
These "projects of common interest" (PCI) will benefit from accelerated licensing procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may have access to financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility, under which a €5.85 billion budget has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure for the period 2014-20. |PHOTOS|
13/06/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
The European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the risks and protect people and the environment.
10/06/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
08/05/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Energy and natural resources / Institutional affairs
President Barroso has made a push to make significant progress on energy and tax fraud and evasion at the European Council on 22 May.
27/03/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
The European Commission today took the first step towards developing a 2030 framework for EU climate change and energy policies. It adopted a Green Paper which launches a public consultation on the content of the 2030 framework. |PHOTOS|VIDEO |
11/03/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Transport and travel
The Council held an exchange of views on the Commission's "Clean power for transport" initiative. The objective is to break the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
03/12/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
The Ministers of the Energy Council adopted conclusions on renewable energy, which outline options for future action, in particular in order to facilitate long-term planning for industry and investors.
15/11/2012 - Energy and natural resources
With its Communication on how to make the internal energy market work the Commission calls on Member States to step up their efforts to transpose and implement the existing EU internal energy market rules.
17/10/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%.
04/10/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
In addition to recommending numerous of plant specific technical improvements, the stress tests have shown that International standards and practices have not been applied everywhere.
11/09/2012 - Energy and natural resources
Mandatory energy-saving measures, including renovating public buildings, energy-saving schemes for utilities, and energy audits for all large firms, will be required by an EU energy efficiency directive approved in plenary.
10/07/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Regions and local development / Transport and travel
By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities.
05/06/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik launched the European Resource Efficiency Platform to provide high-level guidance and advice on policy measures designed to transform the European economy towards a more sustainable growth path.
16/04/2012 - Energy and natural resources
The Commission's proposals include a new EU Technical Assistance Facility worth €50 million over the next two years, which will support those developing partners that "opt in" to the initiative by providing EU expertise in the field; thereby promoting sustainable development and inclusive growth.
12/04/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Statistics
The Flash Eurobarometer survey comes shortly ahead of the EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit in Brussels on the 16th April, which will bring together the EU, UN and developing countries with industry, civil society and the private sector.
15/02/2012 - Energy and natural resources
The Commission launches a public consultation on how to improve financial support for energy efficiency measures for buildings. The deadline is 18 May 2012.