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Europe leads the way in the fight against climate change and Ebola

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Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed to the world's most ambitious 2030 climate energy policy. They also decided to increase EU financial help to €1 billion to fight Ebola and discussed the state of the European economy. Euro area leaders also met in the Euro Summit format to discuss the euro area.


Gas stress test: Cooperation is key to cope with supply interruptionChoose translations of the previous link 

Gas pipelines © EU


Energy and natural resources

The report published today presents the results of a modelling exercise conducted by 38 European countries, including EU Member States and neighbouring countries. It analyses different scenarios, in particular a complete halt of Russian gas imports into the EU for a period of six months.


Climate action: Reducing the carbon content of transport fuels Choose translations of the previous link 

Petrol pump nozzle and sunflower © EU


Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive.


European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030Choose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger © EU


Energy and natural resources

The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.


Commission puts forward comprehensive strategy to strengthen security of supplyChoose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger © EU


Energy and natural resources

The European Commission reacts on the current geopolitical environment and the EU´s import dependence: It advocates a new European Energy Security Strategy. Diversifying external energy supplies, upgrading energy infrastructure, completing the EU internal energy market and saving energy are among its main points.


Mr Gunther Oettinger and Mr Giannis Maniatis © EU

Council debates rising energy prices and costs in Europe


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.


President Barroso, Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Hedegaard © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy


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.


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Commission sets out an action plan to support the development of blue energy


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.


Mr Günther Oettinger and Mr Jaroslav Neverovič © EUpdf

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


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.


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Commission unveils list of 250 infrastructure projects that may qualify for €5,85 billion of funding


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.


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EU Nuclear Stress Tests: Legally binding reviews every six years


The European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the risks and protect people and the environment.