Tag: Ursula von der Leyen

Energy, Ursula Tries Again. But…

  Gas and electricity prices have reached record levels in 2022 and hit all-time highs. Families and companies in EU are paying an extra cost for energy. After its defeat at the last EU Energy Council to limit the bills, the Commission  proposed three new measures last 12 September. One to cut electricity consumption, another

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Energy: 5 Von Der Leyen Proposals, 5 Failures today

  Ministers agreed that the energy issue is urgent, but they decided nothing. Gathered in Brussels for an extraordinary meeting, the 27 energy ministers said no to the 5 recipes of the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to deal with extraordinary measures on energy. All decisions will be sent as new proposals to

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EU Gas Cap, Tax on Extra Profits and EU State of Alert

On 9 September 2022, a new meeting of the Council of Energy Ministers of the EU Council. On the table 3 discussions and possibly decisions: “gas cap”, “state of alert” and “tax on unexpected extra profits on energy”. Member States are divided on these three von der Leyen’s proposals. Gas cap means two things: setting

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EU Revolution on Energy

There is a double urgency to transform Europe’s energy system: reducing EU dependance on fossil fuel imports and tackling the climate crisis. EU has important objectives on climate change and the current tensions on energy market suggest to accelerate measures on energy savings, diversification of suppliers, renewables and to replace fossil fuels consumption in industry

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Biden the true leader of the EU

  Joe Biden’s visit to Europe, where he met the other 6 countries of G7 and the other 25 NATO countries, served to make it clear that the United States wants to go back to deal the cards again. Both military and economic ones. And in just one day, everyone agreed. Trump gave the impression

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COVID19: Today a showdown at the European Council?

At the Extraordinary European Council of 25-26 February, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, put the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on the agenda. It might seem routine to talk among prime ministers about the coronavirus, in reality it could be a showdown between member countries and the European Commission. Click on the picture

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Covid-19, economic crisis and EU integration: The importance of the moral dimension in the European project*

The Covid-19 crisis led European public opinion to believe that the EU did not have the capacity to forecast or respond to health crises such as the pandemic. “Europe is not responding“, the Italian daily La Repubblica dramatically deplored.   (*The initial version of this article was published by The Robert Schuman Foundation (European Issue

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Debate next week on new U.S. President Joe Biden and relations with EU

10 hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of the United States, the European Parliament will discuss new perspectives for dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the United States. >> Follow the EP live debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. here All European leaders recognized that Trump

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€600 billion Recovery & Resilience Fund agreed by EP-ECON

After the compromise agreed last December by EU national leaders on the financial facility and on MFF 2021-2027, on 11 January 2021, the ECON committee of the European Parliament (EP) votes the EU Regulation on Recovery and Resilient Fund. Then, on 9 February it will be voted by the EP Assembly and later by the

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