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Energy Policy

Czech Republic: New Rounds of Negotiations for Temelin Tender

Czech power provider CEZ has started another round of talks with bidders in the offer to extend the Temelin nuclear power plant in southern Bohemia.

April 24, 2013

Putin: Stimulus Package for Russian Economy

Because of the present stagnation Putin demands a stimulus package for Russian economy.

April 22, 2013

Former Polish President: “EU Needs Ukraine”

In an interview with Polish news magazine Wprost, former Polish president Aleksandar Kwasniewski explains that in the future, the EU will need Ukraine.

April 22, 2013

EU Countries to Use Ukrainian Gas Storage Facilities

EU Countries Show Interest in Ukraine’s Gas Transportation System

April 19, 2013

Russia: Economic Growth Below Expectations

The Russian economy is flatlining. The government and the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) blame each other for the current state of affairs.

April 8, 2013

Poll: Estonians Want Economy Minister to Resign

56 % of Estonian citizens want the Economy Minister Parts to step down.

April 3, 2013

EVN to Get Support by State Secretary

State Secretary Lopatka intervened in EVN’s dispute with Bulgarian government. He urges Bulgaria to ensure protection of investments.

March 29, 2013

Czech Republic: Gazprom to Build New Gas Storage Tanks

Gazprom and MND Group are going to invest € 100m in a gas storage facility near the Austrian border.

March 26, 2013

Roiss: “A European Concept and Joint Investments Are Needed“

In an interview with the Austrian newpaper Kurier, CEO of OMV explains why Europe needs other sources of energy and why there is a growing competitive disadvantage compared with the USA.

March 25, 2013

Bulgaria: Caretaker Government Announced

Three weeks after the stepping down of Bulgaria’s right-of-center government, President Rosen Plevneliev put together an interim government.

March 12, 2013

Bulgaria: Latest Protests Against Privatizing of Railway

Protesters in three cities gathered to demonstrate against the privatization of the freight division of the Bulgarian state railroads (BDZ).

March 12, 2013

Bulgaria: EVN Under Surveillance

While the Austrian power supplier EVN is currently kept under surveillance of the Bulgarian judiciary and government, protests by the citizens all over the country continue.

March 11, 2013

Bulgaria: Electricity Rate to be Reduced by 7 %

Experts still fear that the reduction in electricity prices will not help stopping protests.

March 6, 2013

Bulgaria: Protests About to Escalate

The political frustration of Bulgaria’s population comes to new high as the promised reduction of energy prices stays out.

March 5, 2013

CEZ: Czech Republic Calls Brussels for Help

After the Czech energy group CEZ has lost its license in Bulgaria, the Czech government wants Brussels to put pressure on Sofia.

February 25, 2013

Austria: Economic Outlook Remains Cautious

Although Austria´s economy suffers from a number of major defects, the performance is still better than in the Eurozone.

February 25, 2013

Poland: Nuclear Power Plant Project Wobbles

Poland´s Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski explained that Poland cannot afford the nuclear power plant.

February 23, 2013

Turkey Plans to Build First Nuclear Power Plant

In order to become energy autonomous, the country wants to put a nuclear power plant into operation in six years.

February 16, 2013

Erdogan to Visit Hungary

Turkey´s Prime Minister will come to Hungary in February.

January 26, 2013

Czech Republic Decides to Enlarge Temelin Power Plant

Today, the Czech Ministry of Environment has approved the enlargement of the nuclear power plant in southern Bohemia.

January 18, 2013

Voestalpine Leaves Europe Step by Step

The Austrian steel company wants to reduce the dependence on Europe. Growth will take place elsewhere, CEO Wolfgang Eder says.

December 20, 2012

WIFO: South Europe Needs New Industrial Policy

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) stresses that Spain, Greece and Portugal need new growth measures instead of austerity cuts.

December 15, 2012

South Stream: No Pipelines to Austria

Austria will not be connected to the Russian pipeline project. Neither OMV nor Gazprom make a comment.

December 12, 2012

Vienna Aims to Become UN's Energy Hub

New UN Office for Sustainable Energy will be opened in Vienna.

December 12, 2012

Southeast Europe Agrees on Growth Strategy

In order to meet the 2020 growth strategy of the EU, the Balkan countries plan to co-operate more closely. Turkey and Bulgaria emphasize their good relations.

December 8, 2012

Allianz: Austria´s Economic Position Improves

According to the German insurance group, the economic situation of ten out of 17 Eurozone member countries has worsened. Austria could make up one place.

November 26, 2012

Czech Republic and Slovakia: Nuclear Power Remains Main Energy Source

The Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico underline that nuclear energy will remain the future technology.

October 30, 2012

Siemens Austria Builds Wind Power Plant in Turkey

The Austrian subsidiary of the German technology group has received a major order from Turkey.

October 20, 2012

Austrian Environmental Minister Against Fracking

Nikolaus Berlakovich thinks that shale gas is no alternative. Fracking would be „extremely environmentally harmful“.

July 3, 2012

Austria´s Fischer Absolved State Visit in Armenia

The Austrian President Heinz Fischer met his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan. Both heads of states agreen on deepening economic and cultural relations.

June 28, 2012

Rio+20: Austria Promotes Sustainable Energy Strategy

State Secretary Waldner: „Austria’s many contributions help securing the long-term energy supply for the poorest countries“.

June 21, 2012

Austria Stresses Support for Rio+20

State Secretary Waldner: “Rio+20 brings a real opportunity for our environment and sustainable development”

June 18, 2012