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Future scenarios for GAS & Electricity: FSR at ENTSO-E and ENTSO-G joint workshop

Brussels, 17th May 2018 Today Maria Olczak (FSR Gas) will participate in the ENTSO-E and ENTSOG joint workshop on the interlinkage between gas and electricity […] read more


Event Highlights


Can Renewable Gas Contribute to the EU Decarbonisation Efforts?

Last Monday, the 9th of April 2018, the Florence School of Regulation organised a Policy Workshop “The Renewable Gas Complex and the European Path to […] read more


Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month


Bottlenecks for delivering renewable gas

Written by Andris Piebalgs FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #4 Looking at the future of renewable gases or ‘green gas’ in Europe, it is […] read more


Jean Michel Glachant



FSR in Tokyo! Trading LNG at liquid and flexible hubs

On the 27th of March, Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation will participate in the workshop on ‘Trading LNG at liquid and […] read more


Lights on WomenTopic of the Month


The European experience with Renewable Gas

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #3 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs   In the 2012 assessment of the biogas development potential in Europe, Floris […] read more


Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month


What is renewable gas?

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #2 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs Biogas, biomethane, green hydrogen, and synthetic natural gas (SNG) are all […] read more


Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month


Could gas be a destination fuel for Europe?

Gas is well placed to supply back-up to intermittent renewable electricity because of the flexibility and short start-up times... read more

Energy Union LawGas


Lights on WomenNews


Who are ‘protected customers’ for the EU Regulation(s) for security of gas supply? The Eni SpA and Others case (C-226/16) and the margin of discretion of Member States

By Lucila de Almeida and Lavinia Tănase The Russia-Ukraine crisis in January 2009 brought an unprecedented disruption for the gas supply in Europe. It also […] read more


InterviewLights on Women


All you need to know on the EU energy market in 2018-2019… in one interview!

The FSR is pleased to publish an exclusive interview to Klaus-Dieter Borchardt (Director, DG ENER), by Ilaria Conti (Head of FSR Gas Area) – recorded […] read more

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Maroš Šefčovič: Energy Union is on track and on time

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Progress towards the Energy Union is on track and on time according to its vice-president Maroš Šefčovič. Mr. Šefčovič sat down for an unprecedented interview with the former EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs at a conference hosted by the Florence School of Regulation (FSR). 

“We need to actually combine all these projects together, energy, climate change, decarbonisation of transport, more energy efficient buildings and much more assertive energy diplomacy and we have very good project (i.e. the Energy Union) implementing commissioners helping to deliver,” said Šefčovič, as he stressed the importance of  “cultivating” public opinion.

After commending his support from the European Parliament and the European Council, Šefčovič hailed the 3000km so-called ‘southern gas corridor’ pipeline from the Caspian Sea  as “one of the biggest projects in the world.” He went on to predict that Caspian Gas would arrive in Europe as of 2020. 

During the interview, Šefčovič also acknowledged controversy surrounding the Nord Stream 2” project to transport gas from Russia to Europe. Political criticism from emerged heads of state, including accusations from the Prime Ministers of Italy and Hungary that the plan was approved at the expense of investment in southern Europe. This criticism, Šefčovič claimed, reflected the severity of the proposal. The project, he insisted, would only “be built in a way that was fully in line with EU law” and that he “would look after the interests of all EU member states because it’s in our interest to secure the energy security of all member states, not just a few.”

Šefčovič was speaking at the FSR’s conference on the external dimension of the Energy Union. Joining him in attendance was the FSR’s Energy Policy Coordinator Ilaria Conti. Speaking after the discussion, Conti stressed that “the target of free flowing energy within and throughout Europe, has not been fully achieved yet. But rather than looking backward, the debate focussed on future challenges of EU energy policy. These included strategies for EU energy diplomacy and action towards external countries, which administrative or economic obstacles should be overcome and how, what energy mix and source diversification really mean and, of course, how improved regulation could help to solve existing issues.” 

Later the same day, Andris Piebalgs sat down with Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council. Kortunov described a “perfect storm” for the Russian energy sector involving the assent of shale, low oil prices and the sanction imposed in response to the conflict in Ukraine. These factors, he said, had led to a “painful” period of adjustment for Moscow. Russia’s attempt to sell more of its gas to Asian importers hadn’t worked in the way it was intended.




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