Monday, 8 September 2008

More Articles : 8th September (en)

EU breaks the ice with Belarus. Philippa Runner, EUobserver (en)
Serb nationalist leader resigns over EU agreement. Elitse Vucheva, EUobserver (en)

Bilateral energy deals threaten EU security, IEA says. Renata Goldirova, EUobserver (en)
"EU capitals should create a united front in order to beef up their position vis-a-vis major energy suppliers such as Russia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggested on Thursday (4 September) ... "Many EU member states prefer to maintain their bilateral relationships with supplier countries, which may affect the strength of the EU to act as a single entity," IEA chief Nobuo Tanaka said, labelling the current fragmented approach "perhaps the weakest policy area","In the long run, it means they [EU states] will lose out,"...

... EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, for his part, reiterated ... his support for the Nabucco energy corridor, a pipeline designed to lessen the bloc's dependency on Russian gas.
"Our objective of diversifying our sources and routes is even more important after the events in Georgia," ... "more political engagement to remove all obstacles" to bringing Caspian energy resources to the European market. The Nabucco project is to connect Turkey with Austria, via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, with its capacity amounting to 31 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year...."

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