After a bruising election defeat for the Liberal Democrats, their conference in Bournemouth risked being a particularly quiet event. And for business it was. The #LibDemFightback won't be delivered by lobbyists and this was a conference for the Party's members, volunteers and campaigners.
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This week Europe’s energy industry gathered in Amsterdam for the European Utility Week Conference 2014.
The opening of the 25th Meeting of the European Gas Regulatory Forum here in Madrid was today (6 May 2014) disrupted by a large group of employees of the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) (the Forum’s venue) protesting at having not being paid for a number of months and accusing the President of the CNMC of cronyism.
Proposals currently being discussed in the EU around the regulations governing some networks equipment may pose significant manufacturing challenges for UK assets. Although the definitive version of the proposals is yet to be made available we understand the current wording is being discussed at EU ‘Cabinet’ level.
New Energy Minister Michael Fallon delivered a speech to Open Europe, a think tank that seeks political and economic reform in the EU, on the same day as announcing a new plan to challenge the gold-plating of EU legislation in the UK.
Day 1 of the Flame 2013 Conference in Amsterdam.
This week saw Europe take centre stage and the much anticipated and hyped up speech from Prime Minister David Cameron (the first DC). At the same time we, as ENA, went to Brussels to address MEPs and policy makers on the importance of the role of the distribution networks in delivering Europe’s energy ambitions.
As ever this year has been an eventful one for energy. As we look back over the past few Christmases we see how it has gone up the agenda and exploded into the public’s consciousness. For ENA that has meant ensuring that the vital role that networks play is not lost in the great debate. That has always been our role.
What is Brussels’ obsession with the 2014 timeline? Some time ago EU Heads of State agreed that the completion of the internal energy market in Europe would be ‘by 2014’. What is Brussels’ obsession with the 2014 timeline?
ENA understands that the Energy Directorate within the European Commission is making good progress with its review of Europe’s internal energy market. It is expected to publish its findings on 17 October, and they should make for interesting reading.