Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Hungary puts energy on top of EU list

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Stefan Nicola
Berlin (UPI) Jan 5, 2011
Hungary has put energy on the top of its list of issues to be tackled during the country's turn at the rotating EU presidency.

The center-right government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban will organize its first EU summit Feb. 4 as the holder of the presidency and energy issues are set to feature most prominently.

The meeting comes only a few months after the European Commission tabled its energy strategy, which includes ambitious plans to modernize the pan-European electricity and fossil fuel grids.

Hungary is eager to back that strategy as it wants power but mainly gas connections to its western and southern neighbors. Budapest plans to launch informal talks this and next month to have EU energy ministers endorse the EU's 2020 energy mix and infrastructure priorities at a Feb. 28 meeting, news Web site reports.

Another key document Budapest aims to push during its six-month presidency is the European Union's updated Energy Efficiency Action Plan, to be unveiled by the commission in March. The Hungarian EU presidency would like to see the plan endorsed during the second meeting of EU energy ministers in June.

When it comes to its domestic energy mix, Hungary is dependent on Russian natural gas deliveries and domestic generation of nuclear power. The four reactors at the Paks plant in central Hungary accounts for roughly 40 percent of the domestic power generation. The government has mulled the idea to modernize and expand the Soviet-built reactors with Russian help.

While in opposition, Orban's Fidesz party heavily criticized the Socialist government for teaming too closely with Russia on energy issues, mainly the Russian-backed gas pipeline project South Stream.

Yet since in office, the Orban government has acted surprisingly pragmatic in its energy relations with Russia, says Kai-Olaf Lang, a Hungary expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, a Berlin think tank.

"After a recent trip to Moscow, Orban adopted pretty much the policy of his predecessor," Lang told United Press International in a telephone interview Wednesday. "He now says he wants South Stream as well as Nabucco," the European-backed competitor pipeline.

Hungary hopes it can use its EU presidency by pushing domestic utility MOL, the largest oil and gas company in Hungary, into a "central European champion," Lang said, thus increasing its clout in the development of the regional energy sector.

The government also indicated that it's interested in joining the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector, a scheme to import natural gas from Azerbaijan via the Black Sea to an liquefied natural gas terminal in Romania and then on to central Europe.

"This all shows that Hungary has a genuine interest in pushing energy diversification within central Europe," Lang said.

After Hungary's push for national and inner-European energy issues, Poland, which takes over the EU presidency in the second half of 2011, will focus on energy foreign policy and security issues.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Wake Up And Smell The Willow
Leeds, UK (SPX) Jan 05, 2011
More plant matter could be burned in coal-fired power stations if this 'green' fuel was delivered pre-roasted like coffee beans, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, UK. Many UK power stations are now burning plant matter, or biomass, as well as coal in a bid to cut their carbon footprint. Unlike fossil fuels, plants like willow, Miscanthus and poplar are a virtually carb ... read more

Hungary puts energy on top of EU list

Wake Up And Smell The Willow

Carbon Taxes Are The Answer To The Stalled Climate Negotiations

French group in deal to boost Iraq power grid

Uproar over Israeli plan to hike gas taxes

Gadget charger harnesses walking power

Technip eyes refining venture in Vietnam: source

Calif. leads way in energy-efficient bulbs

Keenan 2 Wind Farm Commences Commercial Operation

US challenges Chinese wind power subsidies at WTO

Italy wind farm seized by prosecutors

Outsmarting The Wind

Is The Hornet Our Key To Renewable Energy

New Solar Cell Self-Repairs Like Natural Plant Systems

Solis Partners Participates In Distributed Solar Summit 2010

SunPower Completes Sale 44MW Montalto Di Castro Solar Park

China announces new nuclear technology

Iran Rejects Claims Of Delays Linking Bushehr Nuclear Plant To National Grid

Cleaning Up Nuclear-Contaminated Sites Faster And Cheaper

China says it can reprocess spent nuclear fuel

Household Sewage: Not Waste, But A Vast New Energy Resource

US Does Not Have Infrastructure To Consume More Ethanol

'Dry-roasted' plants could be energy fuel

New Miscanthus Hybrid Discovery In Japan Could Open Doors For Biofuel Industry

China Builds Theme Park In Spaceport

Tiangong Space Station Plans Progessing

China-Made Satellite Keeps Remote Areas In Venezuela Connected

Optis Software To Optimize Chinese Satellite Design

Broken Glass Yields Clues To Climate Change

Back To The Dead (Sea, That Is)

Researchers Train Software To Help Monitor Climate Change

Obama weathers backlash on climate

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement