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Sell-out on UK nuclear plan exposes Commission to legal challenges

Press release | October 8, 2014 at 10:28

Brussels – The European Commission has for the first time cleared a plan for taxpayers to heavily subsidise the construction of a nuclear power plant in the EU. Two new reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom, will receive up to €20...

Commission ignores emissions from tar sands under EU clean fuel standards

Press release | October 7, 2014 at 12:58

Brussels – Oil from tar sands and other high carbon sources would be excluded from fuel carbon accounting under a plan released today by the European Commission, warned Greenpeace.

Bratušek links energy union portfolio to climate policy but struggles to impress

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 17:25

Brussels – As parliamentary hearings for the Juncker Commission enter their second week, Commissioner-designate Alenka Bratušek, aspiring vice-president for the energy union, was in the dock this afternoon. In her opening statement she outlined...

Should the European Commission wear green goggles more often?

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | October 6, 2014

That's the question lawyers were arguing about in Luxembourg last week. It is a case where Greenpeace is challenging the approval of up to €1.6 billion in aid to Spain's coal industry. Spain is a poster child for clean energy. It...

Activists to EU ministers: people want renewable energy and energy efficiency

Press release | October 6, 2014 at 11:12

Brussels/Milan – Greenpeace volunteers delivered a message to EU ministers for energy and environment meeting today in Milan. Activists from Italy, Germany, France and Austria unfurled a banner reading “people want renewables and energy...

Tell politicians deciding our energy future: listen to people not the polluters!

Blog entry by Virag Kaufer | October 2, 2014

In three short weeks, on 23 and 24 October, Europe’s political leaders meet in Brussels to agree on a European energy policy that will last for decades to come. These politicians are under pressure, especially after the climate...

Cañete appointment undermined by conflict of interests and poor track record

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 20:29

Brussels – Commenting on today’s European Parliament hearing of candidate commissioner for climate and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: “Cañete clearly worked hard to present himself as the right man for the...

Study on energy costs and subsidies in the European Union

Publication | October 1, 2014 at 17:00

This letter was addressed by Greenpeace EU and WWF to European Commission Vice-President Günther Oettinger on 1 October 2014, expressing concern that a planned review of costs and subsidies in the energy sector could be delayed beyond his term as...

Leaked paper shows Commission could grant unprecedented taxpayer funding for Hinkley...

Press release | October 1, 2014 at 12:01

Brussels – A leaked paper disclosed by German magazine der Spiegel [1] has shown the European Commission is on the verge of approving eye-watering amounts of public funding to build nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, in the United Kingdom,...

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