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Climate and energy policy under Team Juncker

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? I am not particularly happy with the proposal from Jean-Claude Juncker. The structure he has proposed for the new Commission appears to be based on promoting an outdated approach of economic growth at the cost of the environmen...
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EU Commission - Greens criticise possible merger of the climate and energy portfolios

On Thursday 4th September a group of several MEPs including Green members wrote to the new Head of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker to warn him about the decision to merge energy and climate portfolios.
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'Åland ruling'

Early July, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided on the Ålands Vindkraft case (C-573/12) and reaffirmed the conformity of the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) with the EU Treaty, notably on the prerogative of national renewable energy support schemes....
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Breaking out from the old pattern

  This time it’s different. The traditional “Europe at a crossroad” has morphed into a cliff-hanger situation. For the European Union, the next five years have become a matter of make-or-break choices. Shaken by the violent crisis of the past years, European public opini...
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Greens/EFA Roundup

Table of contents New Greens/EFA group meets in StrasbourgUlrike Lunacek elected European Parliament Vice-PresidentVoices from UkrainePlenary speeches by our Co-Presidents Outside the Plenary Open hearing for European Commission President nomineeEU waste and resource policyCommission agrees with ...
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Renewable energy

The European Court of Justice today ruled to uphold the provisions of EU legislation on renewable energy, notably on the prerogative of national renewable energy support schemes. Commenting on the decision in the Aland case, Green energy spokesperson Claude Turmes stated: "We welcome today's de...
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EU summit

Commenting on the outcome of today's summit of EU heads of state and government, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts stated: "At last, the EU can move on from the controversy over Jean-Claude Juncker. It is certainly welcome to have a pro-European candidate, who is comm...
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Energy security

Commenting on the proposals by EU energy commissioner Oettinger on energy security, presented today, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “The crisis in Ukraine has again underlined the need to develop a European strategy to secure our energy supply and reduce our damaging dependence on fo...
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State aid rules

The European Commission today presented proposals to revise EU rules on state aid, notably regarding general exemptions. Commenting on the proposals, Green industry policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer said: “The proposals from the Commission on general exemptions to EU state aid rules fall sho...
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Energy security

A conference on a European energy security strategy is being hosted today by EU commission president Barroso and energy commissioner Oettinger. At the conference, Polish prime minister Tusk is expected to outline his proposals for a European energy union. Commenting ahead of the conference, Greens/E...