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Past articles by Elena:

Norway rejects EU price cap proposal

Norway opposes the EU proposal to set a dynamic price ceiling for natural gas transactions, instead strongly advocating for commercial agreements to tackle the energy crisis, the country's minister of oil and energy Terje Aasland said. → Read More

Investors in renewables face uncertainty due to EU profits cap

While a cap on revenues from renewables is aimed at redirecting excess profits from low-cost electricity generation back to consumers, analysts and industry groups argue such measures come with risks — and at a bad time. → Read More

Germany nationalises gas giant Uniper amid energy crisis

Germany has confirmed the nationalisation of Uniper, the country's largest gas-importer — in a bid to secure operations and prevent supply shortages following Russian supply cuts. → Read More

EU's top court overturns German data-retention law

Germany's data-retention law — aimed at combating major online crime — is not compatible with EU law, the European Court of Justice ruled. → Read More

EU seeks crisis powers to take control over supply chains

The Single Market Emergency Instrument (SMEI) introduces a staged, step-by-step, approach — providing emergency powers to the EU Commission to tackle any potential threat which could trigger disruptions or shortages of key products within the EU. → Read More

EU unveils energy crisis plan, but warns of difficult 'winters'

Crisis measures include imposing cuts in power-consumption across the bloc, a cap on the excess revenues made by renewable and nuclear energy, and a "solidarity mechanism" to channel the massive and unexpected profits of fossil fuel firms to citizens. → Read More

EU now mulling options to reduce electricity demand

The EU mulls measures to cut electricity demand, as part of its efforts to tackle skyrocketing energy prices, after focusing efforts on reducing gas consumption amid concerns that Russia could further curb gas flows. → Read More

Droughts prompt calls to cut water use amid harvest fears

With the prolonged lack of rain and high temperatures, fears have emerged over water shortages and droughts decreasing crop yields — prompting calls to use less water and reuse urban wastewater for agricultural irrigation. → Read More

First Ukraine grain ship leaves Odessa port

The ship's departure for Lebanon was made possible thanks to an export agreement reached by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN on 22 July. → Read More

Czech presidency and key nuclear/gas vote This WEEK

MEPs will gather in Strasbourg for the final plenary before the summer break, with a crucial vote on the classification of gas and nuclear. The Czech Republic will present to EU lawmakers its presidency's priorities for the next six months. → Read More

EU sets pesticides and eco-rules to avoid 'pollinator collapse'

New rules to reduce the use of pesticides in the EU and support farmers were finally unveiled, after a three-month delay due to rising concerns over the impact of the war in Ukraine on global food supplies. → Read More

Glyphosate: a step closer to reauthorisation in EU?

The long-running controversy over the herbicide ingredient glyphosate was reignited this week when the EU chemicals agency (ECHA) said classifying it as carcinogenic was "not justified". → Read More

Thousands of toxic chemicals face EU restrictions

The EU unveiled a plan to restrict the use of harmful substances — deemed by campaigners as the "largest-ever ban of toxic chemicals". → Read More

EU will support investigation into war crimes in Ukraine

The European Commission has pledged to support investigations into potential war crimes in Ukraine — following reports of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers in Bucha, Irpin, and other Ukrainian cities. → Read More

EU: Ukraine war makes internal rule-of-law fight essential

Hungary said the EU should demonstrate unity — instead of policing internal rule-of-law breaches. But top EU officials have defended ongoing procedures against Hungary and Poland over concerns of judicial independence and democratic backsliding. → Read More

EU pushes to end throw-away culture and fast fashion

New EU eco-design rules hope to help wean people off "throw away" smartphones and fashion. → Read More

Ukraine war forcing EU to redouble energy diversification

The European Union is expected to redouble efforts on a key home front — by coming forward with a raft of proposals next week aimed at further diversifying energy supplies. → Read More

EU leaders threaten sanctions amid shelling in Ukraine

EU leaders said they remained united on "tough" Russia sanctions amid fears of an escalation on Ukraine's front line. → Read More

Vaccine-waiver row refuses to die at EU-AU summit

The stark gap in Covid-19 vaccination rates between Europe and Africa is likely to feed into the EU-AU summit negotiations. But a patent waiver still looks like a no-go for Europe. → Read More

Price hikes prompt scrutiny of fossil fuel revenues

Energy giants have seen a huge surge in profits while consumers are facing prices going through roof, and there's anger and concern among progressive MEPs and green groups. → Read More