The Washington-DC-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) released a report this week on the potential importance of fracking for energy independence in Eastern Europe — and some of the political misgivings about incorporating it into Europe’s energy landscape.
Lithuania should become the first Baltic state, which will be able to significantly reduce its dependence on Russian gas. While Lithuania integrated gas network only to the east, and the country is 100% tied to the supply of "Gazprom". And this country has become the only one of the Baltic countries, which for the implementation of the EU Third Energy insisted on separation of gas transportation capacity of gas structure Lietuvos Dujos, where the "Gazprom" is one of the major shareholders.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking at the Transatlantic Bond Project Conference in Brussels on Tuesday (10 June 2014), stressed the importance of a strong relationship between Europe and North America to address current security risks and threats. “Transatlantic resolve and unity will be critical in meeting all these complex challenges”, he said. “NATO is the unique political and military instrument that allows us to muster that transatlantic resolve, and translate it into unified action”.
The issues of energy cooperation and the issues related to the protection of the Caspian ecology were discussed during the visit of the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission Fabrizio Barbaso to Ashgabat, according to the Turkmen government report.
The Czech Republic is prepared to block the granting of EU candidate status to Albania over a dispute between the ČEZ Czech state-controlled power utility and the Albanian state, the Czech press writes, quoting high-ranking EU sources.
An expert in South Caucasus matters Viktor Yakubyan answered the question of the IA REGNUM reporter regarding Eurasian prospects of Armenia, as well as the influence of the Karabakh conflict on the process of Yerevan entering the Customs Union. To recap, the other day in Astana the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev stated that Armenia could join the Customs Union within the borders recognized by the UNO. Kazakhstani President reminded that in that very limits Armenia had joined the WTO.
The European Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas expressed support on June 12 to the candidacy of Andrus Ansip – the long-standing head of Estonia’s government, who resigned in spring.
Step by step Europe is getting on its feet after the economic and financial crisis that struck us in 2008. In spite of all the criticism and apocalyptic prophecies, the European Union, and the euro area in particular, have begun to show signs of recovery. However, the crisis has highlighted several aspects which I would like to draw your attention to, Gediminas Kirkilas, Deputy Speaker of Seimas, Chair of the Committee on European affairs wrote.
Apparently Moscow's red line against NATO membership extends well beyond Moscow's old empire.
In his first interview as President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko tells TIME that he has no choice but to keep Russia at the negotiating table, as no country is prepared to guarantee his country's security from further attack