Monday, 15 January 2018

A New Government For Germany – Preliminary Energy and Climate Plans Published

In September 2017 Germany held general elections, but there still is no new government yet. After talks between the Conservatives (CDU/CSU), the Liberals (FDP) and the Greens broke down last year, Angela Merkel is trying to form a governmental `grand coalition´ between CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD). Both parties recently ended exploratory negotiations and issued a joint statement on 12 January 2018 that gives a first indication of Germany´s policy plans for the next 4 years. Although the paper is not yet a full-fledged coalition agreement, it nonetheless details the main policy lines that the possible new German government is intending to follow. So what does it have to say on energy and the climate ?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

New Book `European Energy Law Report XI´ Out Now

Building on the presentations held at the annual European Energy Law Seminar taking place every January in The Hague (NL), this book reviews central energy law issues from a national, EU and international perspective.  It has been an honour for me to contribute a chapter on ´Shale Gas and the EU´ (chapter XIV). The book is available from Intersentia here. The Table of Contents can be found here.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Results of ENTSOG`s `Gas Stress Test` Published

In 2017 the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) conducted a `stress test` (security of supply simulation) for the European gas network and recently published a report on the results. This Union-Wide Security of Supply Simulation Report 2017 found that particularly South-East European countries (namely Romania and Bulgaria) as well as Finland could run into severe issues in case of disruption of gas supplies to Europe.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

29th European Energy Law Seminar

The Dutch Energy Law Association announced that the upcoming 29th round of the European Energy Law Seminar will take place on 22 and 23 January 2018 in Hampshire Hotel Babylon in The Hague (Netherlands). The finalized programme and all further details will be available asap at the Association`s  website Registration will be possible via that website. Financial support for European PhD or Master students is available to enable participation in this high-profile seminar.

Friday, 17 November 2017

European Commission on `Nord Stream 2` - New Amendments to Gas Directive Proposed

On 8 November 2017 the European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive
amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in
natural gas COM(2017) 660 final. The main aim of the proposed Directive is to make the Gas Directive in its entirety applicable to gas pipelines that are connecting a third state with a EU state, like the envisaged Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Friday, 10 November 2017

How Germany Could Get Rid of Coal

The phase out of coal in Germany is one of the most contentious topics in current discussions on the formation of a new German government after Germany held general elections in September 2017. The  biggest German energy law firm Becker Buettner & Held now issued a legal analysis of the possibilities to phase out coal in Germany. It finds that a phasing out of coal in Germany would be possible and the study highlights ways in which the legal pitfalls encountered with the pase out of nuclear power in the country could be circumvented. The study is available here (German language version only).

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

New EU Gas Security of Supply Regulation 2017/1938

The European Commission  published the long-anticipated Regulation to safeguard the security of gas supply (EU) 2017/1938 yesterday. From tomorrow (1 November 2017) onwards it replaces Regulation (EU) 994/2010. The new regulation is available at: