Italy’s ENI and UAE’s ADNOC Ink MoU on Sustainable Energy Research

Italy’s ENI and UAE’s ADNOC Ink MoU on Sustainable Energy Research

UAE Minister of State Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group CEO, and ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi, signed on 20 January in Abu Dhabi a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint development of research initiatives aimed at creating advanced technological solutions for the reduction, capture, usage or confinement (CCUS) of CO2 emissions at fields, ENI said,

EU Should Consider Sending Troops to Libya, Borrell Says

EU Should Consider Sending Troops to Libya, Borrell Says

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell suggested an EU military mission to protect cease-fire in Libya. “If there is a cease-fire in Libya, then the EU must be prepared to help implement and monitor this cease-fire,  possibly also with soldiers, for example as part of an EU mission”, Borrell said in an interview

European Companies Ask EU to Toughen its Approach to China

European Companies Ask EU to Toughen its Approach to China

The business organization BusinessEurope complained that China was the most restrictive of the EU’s trading partners. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner. The organisation consists of business groups from 35 countries. It warned that European businesses face numerous barriers to investment in China, and asked policy-makers

EBRD, IRENA Agree to Rapidly Increase Share of Renewables

EBRD, IRENA Agree to Rapidly Increase Share of Renewables

Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 January allowing the two organisations to strengthen their relationship and accelerate efforts to rapidly increase the share of renewable power in EBRD countries of operation.  

Von der Leyen, Lagarde Say 11 Months is Not Enough for a EU-UK Deal

Von der Leyen, Lagarde Say 11 Months is Not Enough for a EU-UK Deal

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned that the timeframe for a deal defining the post-Brexit relationship with the EU by the end of 2020 is too short. Britain leaves the Union on 31 January, and the leaders are expected to agree on their future security and trade relations

Austria to Reject Mercosur Deal

Austria to Reject Mercosur Deal

The new Austrian government will not support the trade deal between the EU and South American nations. The EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur whose members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, concluded their trade deal in June, after 20 years of negotiations.

Steinitz Confident Israel and Cyprus Can Supply EastMed Pipeline

Steinitz Confident Israel and Cyprus Can Supply EastMed Pipeline

ATHENS – Israel and Cyprus have enough gas to fill the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from the East Mediterranean to Europe, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told New Europe in an interview in Athens on 3 January.

Ryanair Prepared for Further 737 MAX Delays

Ryanair Prepared for Further 737 MAX Delays

Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 Max airliners, its chief executive Michael O’Leary said in an interview. O’Leary said that he will be lucky to see any by October, as Ryanair has ordered 135 of the jets, but has none in service. 

Acquisition of Certain Senvion Assets by Siemens Gamesa Gets EU Nod

Acquisition of Certain Senvion Assets by Siemens Gamesa Gets EU Nod

The acquisition of sole control over certain assets belonging to Senvion of Germany by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has said. The Senvion assets comprise a large part of Senvion’s onshore windfarm servicing business in the European Economic Area

Turkey Lurking, Greece-Cyprus-Israel EastMed Political Deal Coming

Turkey Lurking, Greece-Cyprus-Israel EastMed Political Deal Coming

Greece, Cyprus and Israel plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement for the construction of the EastMed natural gas pipeline in Athens on 2 January. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades will sign the agreement

Russian Floating Nuke Plant Generates Electricity in Arctic

Russian Floating Nuke Plant Generates Electricity in Arctic

The floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov has been connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the isolated Chaun-Bilibino network in Arctic port town of Pevek, Chukotka, Russia’s Far East, Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom said on 19 December

Germany Helps Broker Russian Gas Transit Deal Via Ukraine to EU

Germany Helps Broker Russian Gas Transit Deal Via Ukraine to EU

Following intense negotiations, Russian, Ukrainian representatives have reached an agreement in principle in Berlin on 19 December to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The talks were held at the German Ministry of Economics and Energy with the support of Minister Peter Altmaier who helped broker the agreement in principle reached on 19 December.

EU Hopes for Deal at Political Trilateral Gas Talks with Russia and Ukraine

EU Hopes for Deal at Political Trilateral Gas Talks with Russia and Ukraine

On 19 December, the next round of trilateral talks at political level with Russia and Ukraine on the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019 will take place in Berlin with European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, stressing that the time is high to send a positive message to markets and consumers.

Germany Seeks Skilled Non-EU Workers Amid Fears For Economy

Germany Seeks Skilled Non-EU Workers Amid Fears For Economy

The German government has signed off on a plan to recruit non-EU workers to fill shortages of skilled labour after business leaders and politicians warned about serious risks to the country’s economy due to a lack of qualified personnel.

EU Clears Acquisition of CC&I to Boost Energy Transmission in Spain, Chile and Brazil

EU Clears Acquisition of CC&I to Boost Energy Transmission in Spain, Chile and Brazil

The acquisition of Celeo Concesiones e Inversiones (CC&I) of Spain by Pasterze Investments Holding (PIH) of the Netherlands and Elecnor of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the Commission said on 16 December, noting that CC&I, currently part of Elecnor, will serve as a joint platform to develop and manage energy transmission infrastructure projects