Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Posts Tagged ‘principles’

Capacity mechanisms in the EU: nationalizing energy security?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 Maggio 2015

energy securityOn 25 February 2015, the European Commission presented its Energy Union Package which illustrated a vision for the future of the European energy sector. Being ambitious in its objectives Commission’s reaction might be coming too late as national initiatives aimed at increasing energy security have already been unilaterally set in motion by the member states.What is the impact of national interventions, especially of the capacity mechanisms, on the internal energy market? Do national energy strategies undermine central principles of the European energy trading? Jekaterina Grigorjeva tries to answer these questions in her Policy Paper and arrives at following conclusions.
– Only compatible capacity mechanism designs with explicit participation models will allow for an effective ‘co-existence’ of the national capacity mechanisms and the European internal energy market.
– European Energy Union is about optimization of resources and infrastructure on the European level. The realization of the need of co-operation in addressing the current problems is still missing among the member states.
– Protection of the old national equilibrium will not solve the issues faced by the member states but only postpone the progress towards a more sustainable European energy sector. (photo. energy security)

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MEPs call for penalties to tackle human rights flaws in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 marzo 2014

european parliamentThe European Commission must “immediately” set up a system to monitor member countries’ compliance with EU values and accession criteria, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Thursday. This monitoring system should include binding recommendations and penalties for breaches, such as freezing EU funds, MEPs add.The resolution, approved by 312 votes to 244, with 27 abstentions, analyses the respect for fundamental rights in the EU in 2012.”In all EU countries there are breaches of EU values, principles and legislation. There are still too many places in Europe and too many cases that show that there are shortcomings. If the EU wants to be a moral force that will influence the rest of the world in a good way it has to be strict with itself,” said the rapporteur, Louis Michel (ALDE, BE).The European Commission should “immediately” set up a new system to monitor compliance with the EU accession criteria, commonly known as the “Copenhagen criteria”, regularly and in an objective manner, says the text. This new “Copenhagen mechanism” would serve to set indicators, draw up binding recommendations and impose penalties such as freezing EU funding for countries that fail to comply. This should be done in an objective way, avoiding any double standards, it adds.MEPs also suggest revising EU Treaty Article 7 (rules for determining whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values in a member state). The aim would be to separate clearly the “risk” and “violation” stages. To help prevent breaches of EU values in the long term, MEPs also call for the creation of a “Copenhagen Commission” of independent high-level experts on fundamental rights.Parliament calls on the EU and its member states to review any laws that could be used to punish people assisting migrants in distress at sea. Rescue efforts “should be welcomed and (…) never lead to any form of sanctions”, it says. MEPs also express regret that even under the EU’s new asylum system, children applying for international protection could be put in prison.

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