Category: EU

France’s energy & climate policy and regulation outlook: when environment and industry meet 

When it comes to climate & energy policy, France is often reduced to nuclear. True, nuclear power is a strategic issue in l’Hexagone. No later than last week, MPs from all across the political spectrum adopted a bill aiming to boost the construction of new nuclear reactors. This does not mean that France does not […]
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26 May, 2023

Bigger, brighter? The Future of Space Policy in the UK and EU 

Summary  Space is an economic and geopolitical domain  The space race was once the preserve of superpowers, but today a thriving industry of businesses large and small across numerous nations are vying for dominance across a range of advanced space-based technologies.    In the UK, the Government’s Refreshed Integrated Review reaffirmed the importance of space for […]
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21 Apr, 2023

The EU’s Data Act: a new market or a major risk?

With Spring in full swing, the EU’s legislators have begun the final stage of negotiations on the Data Act: the EU’s sweeping new law to build a single market for data for the 27 Member States. Businesses must be ready for the possibility that an early agreement is reached before the end of Summer – […]
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17 Apr, 2023

Revitalising the EU electricity market design: Evolution, not revolution

The war in Ukraine has triggered major policy changes. It has reshuffled the EU’s priorities and led to Europe rethinking its approach to energy and climate issues. The European Green Deal has become not only a strategy for achieving climate reduction targets but also a tool for ensuring energy security, strategic autonomy and boosting resilience […]
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06 Mar, 2023

The state of the Ukraine-EU relationship

With Zelenskyy coming to Europe last week to make a number of keynote speeches, from London to Paris and then finally the European Parliament in Brussels, now seems a timely moment to assess the state of the EU/Ukraine relationship. Let’s start by stating what should be clear to all. Zelenskyy is grateful to EU Member […]
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17 Feb, 2023

Navigating the Swedish Council Presidency 

On 1 January this year, Sweden assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for a period of six months. As expected, Sweden is staying true to its “honest broker” reputation, though this time it seems to be more out of necessity than choice.   The Swedish Government faces a difficult economic and political […]
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30 Jan, 2023

Reshuffled MidCat pipeline puts sustainability first - at the cost of energy independence?

From MidCat to H2Med One of the biggest challenges for Europe to replace Russian gas is to get gas and hydrogen from southern to central Europe. When pressure from Berlin and Madrid at the height of the energy crisis brought the MidCat pipeline back into the spotlight after years at the back of the drawer, […]
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12 Dec, 2022

An EU gas price cap in name only?

On 22 November, after months of discussions, and much pressure exerted by EU countries, the European Commission released its proposal for a gas price cap, entitled “Regulation establishing a market correction mechanism to protect citizens and the economy against excessively high prices”. But was it worth the wait? The proposal’s price cap per megawatt-hour is […]
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08 Dec, 2022

EU Chips Act: can it work? 

The global chip shortage is disrupting a wide range of business sectors and has raised concerns about Europe’s dependency on a few manufacturing sites located outside the EU’s borders, mostly in Asia. The European Chips Act, unveiled by the European Commission earlier in February, aims to mitigate such geopolitical risk and secure the EU’s technological […]
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22 Feb, 2022

European Digital Policy Outlook for 2022

Key Points: New initiatives in 2022The European Commission 2022 Work Programme contains a handful of new digital policies. The European Chips Act, expected early this year, focusing on capacity building, research and international partnerships and could include similar provisions to the American Chips Act an equivalent initiative. With this legislation the EU will have to reconcile […]
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26 Jan, 2022

Fit For 55, the saga continues…

The new energy Package, or the Fit for 55's logical sequel This week, the European Commission published a set of legislative and policy initiatives as to follow-up on July’s Fit for 55 Package, which aims to achieve a 55% emission reduction target on 1990 levels by 2030. This new Package takes forward the ambition of […]
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17 Dec, 2021

France at the helm: a guide to the French EU Presidency

France will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between 1 January and 30 June. The success of this Presidency will be a key element of President Macron’s re-election bid. He has placed Europe at the heart of his political priorities and sees this as an opportunity to showcase French leadership in […]
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10 Dec, 2021
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