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Energy European Council\February 2011

As it is turning into tradition for the European Union, on February 4th a "specific" European Council is held, dedicated to the Union's energy policy. In the autumn of 2010 European Council President Herman van Rompuy gathered together the leaders of the member states for a special Council, dedicated on foreign policy. But just like then, this time too it is expected the main issue to be replaced by the more urgent one - the economic governance of the euro area.

9 February 2011 11:56 The internal market for energy to be completed by 2014, the EU leaders called

As of January 1st 2012 EU member states will have to inform the Commission about all their new and existing bilateral energy agreements with third countries (outside the EU). This is written in the conclusions of the Energy European Council, which was held on February 4th but was overshadowed by ...

6 February 2011 17:44 One Europe, one European Union, one euro area. And what about the other 10?

For the first time the covering the European Council made me feel the existence of parallel worlds. Because, while EU leaders were announcing with smiling faces the triumph of the European spirit, the Union had been divided just before my eyes. Europe of the eurozone and of the rest, Europe of t ...

19 March 2010 16:55 Europe wants nuclear and conflict free Middle East

A little less than a year after president Obama held a speech in the ancient Al-Azhar university in Cairo (June, 4th 2009), the first EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, almost equal to a foreign minister - baroness Catherine Ashton, also held a speech in the Egyptian capital. However, s ...

6 November 2009 14:52 Egypt aims by 2020 20% of its electricity to come from renewables

The first thing that struck me when I arrived in Cairo was the smog. The air is so polluted that you can hardly breathe. And, sometimes when there is no wind, you can hardly see the outlines of the building in front of you. Naturally, against the background of the constant talking about the new ...

8 February 2011 08:07 The right wrong position of the EU on Egypt

It would have happened anyway. The problem is that the "great" powers did not find time and energy to at least try and forecast when and why a thing like this could happen in the conservative Muslim Middle East. And it would have happened because the world is different in the 21st century - the ...

4 February 2011 07:25 A pact under cover

The first European Council this year will be held "under cover". Formally the topics of the Council are energy and innovation, but actually the highlight of the programme will probably be another Franco-German plan, this time having the bombastic name "a Competitiveness pact". Of course, the pla ...

17 March 2010 10:04 The EU and its neighbours or how to protect your home

In spite of all criticism there is one positive thing which we have to admit about the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs baroness Catherine Ashton - the way she arranged her programme of visits immediately after assuming her duties. She visited the Western Balkans at first, which w ...

 
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