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European Commission Launches New Antitrust Investigation into LNG Destination Clauses

On June 21, 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) started a new investigation to determine whether so-called destination clauses in Qatar Petroleum’s liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) supply contracts with European buyers infringe the European Union (“EU”) antitrust rules.… Continue Reading

What’s the Deal with Low Oil Prices?

The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest monthly market report, published on November 13, 2015, revealed that the already “massive cushion” of oil stockpiles has inflated further to reach a record level of almost 3 billion barrels.  Following the announcement, oil prices reportedly dropped to a two-month low. The IEA described this stockpile as “an unprecedented … Continue Reading

The Road to Paris 2015: The European Commission Announces its Initiatives to Achieve a European Energy Union and an International Climate Change Deal

On February 25, 2015, the European Commission presented three communications on: a Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy; Achieving the 10% Electricity Interconnection Target: Making Europe’s Electricity Grid Fit for 2010; and The Paris Protocol: A Blueprint for Tackling Global Climate Change Beyond 2020. These three Communications build … Continue Reading

The Future of the EU Energy Union and Energy Charter Treaty

On 6 February 2015, the Energy Union Conference in Riga, Latvia (the “Conference”), signalled the start of the Riga Process towards forming the key dimensions and actions of the new EU Energy Union (the “Energy Union”). During the Conference, the Secretariat General of the Energy Charter Treaty[1] spoke of its relevance to the Energy Union. … Continue Reading

NGOs May Sue European Governments for Failure to Comply with EU Mandatory Environmental Standards

In November, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CoJ”) held once again that NGOs and persons directly concerned may bring legal actions before national courts against EU Member States that fail to comply with EU mandatory environmental standards.  The CoJ’s decision (CJEU, C-404/13) concerned the UK government’s failure to adopt adequate plans to … Continue Reading

EU Sanctions Against Russia and Their Impact on the Energy Sector

Last week, the EU decided to maintain in force its sanctions against Russia, including the sanctions targeting Russia’s energy sector. The sanctions were adopted on July 31, 2014—by Council Regulation 833/2014 (the Regulation)—and extended on September 12, 2014.  As described in more detail in our recent client alert, the Regulation imposes a licensing requirement for … Continue Reading

EU Consultation on the Development of Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disruptors in Biocidal and Plant Protection Products

On September 26th the European Commission launched a public consultation on the development of criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals in biocidal and plant protection products.  The consultation is open for contributions until January 16th, 2015, and its results may significantly impact a wide variety of products (e.g., cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products) as … Continue Reading

The EU’s New Energy Efficiency Directive Becomes Applicable Across Europe

On June 5, 2014, the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive (“EED”) will become applicable in all EU Member States. This Directive establishes an EU-wide framework aimed at promoting energy efficiency and will provide important challenges and opportunities for companies doing business in Europe. What is the purpose of the Directive? The EED is one of … Continue Reading

“What’s in a Name?: Legal Implications of the EU Recommendation on Shale Gas”

While the European Commission’s Recommendation on Shale Gas of  January 22, 2014 is not legally binding, it may have different legal impacts on EU institutions and agencies as well as public authorities and private parties in the EU Member States.  The attached article published in the Environmental Law Reporter describes four different legal scenarios that could … Continue Reading

The New European Commission’s Communication and Recommendation on Shale Gas

On January 22, 2014, the European Commission published its Communication and Recommendation on Shale Gas.  The documents finally published are essentially the same as the draft versions that we reported in our blog post of January 17, 2014 and only introduce minor changes. Among other things, the Recommendation now confirms that it “neither implies that … Continue Reading

The Upcoming European Commission’s Recommendation on Shale Gas: A Transitional Political Compromise?

The European Commission is expected to adopt a communication and recommendation on the exploration and production of unconventional hydrocarbons (especially shale gas).  The draft communication and recommendation, which are still subject to change, are being discussed among the cabinets of the 28 Commissioners of the European Commission as part of the 2030 climate change package, … Continue Reading
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