EU to back West African energy security

BRUSSELS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The European Union's development commissioner said Ghana is a valued partner for the promotion of sustainable energy solutions in Africa.

EU, U.S. fund Yemeni transition

BRUSSELS, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The European government said it was supporting political transition in Yemen through a package of measures meant to help address governmental challenges.
EU worried by African famine

EU worried by African famine

BRUSSELS, July 23 (UPI) -- Despite substantial financial commitment for drought and famine relief in the Horn of Africa, more work needs to be done, European leaders said.

Europe shows modest growth in renewables

BRUSSELS, April 16 (UPI) -- Investments in Europe's clean energy sector grew by a modest 4 percent in 2011, but it remained the globe's top destination for such dollars, a new report says.

Myanmar praised for settling ethnic issues

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Negotiated political settlements with ethnic groups in Myanmar are a "key ingredient" to long-term national stability, an EU official said.

EU, U.S. unity needed for Copenhagen

BRUSSELS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The European Union and the United States must work together in order to make a December climate-change conference a success, said Andris Piebalgs.

EU-U.S. Energy Council launched Wednesday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An EU-U.S. Energy Council launched Wednesday in Washington provides a framework for bilateral dialogue on energy security and low-carbon technology.

Piebalgs says to act locally

BRUSSELS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Innovation and development in green energy technology gain momentum at the local and regional levels, writes EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

Piebalgs highlights green energy storage

BRUSSELS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The European Commission is funding several research projects examining the storage of renewable energy resources, the European energy commissioner said.

Nabucco safe, Piebalgs says

BRUSSELS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Russian plans to expand gas networks in Europe poses no direct threat to the $10.3 billion Nabucco pipeline, the European energy commissioner said.

Europe needs more than one pipeline

BRUSSELS, July 21 (UPI) -- Europe may need more than one alternate gas transport option if it hopes to provide sweeping energy security across the region, Nord Stream executives say.

Slovenia least prepared for gas crisis

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, July 21 (UPI) -- European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs singled out Slovenia as the least prepared for a natural gas crisis of all member states.

Ukraine must deliver gas to Europe

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin announced last week that Ukraine must purchase 19.5 billion cubic meters of gas to supply to the European Union.

Piebalgs touts legislation in energy field

BRUSSELS, April 3 (UPI) -- Legislation enacted in the European Union can help drive the move for energy efficiency and lower emissions, the EU energy commissioner says.

Piebalgs lauds LNG for Europe

BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- The diversification of the European energy sector hinges not only on the Nabucco pipeline but also on liquefied natural gas from Qatar, an EU official said.
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Andris Piebalgs (born 17 September 1957) is a Latvian politician and diplomat, currently serving as European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission. Between 2004 and 2010 he served as Commissioner for Energy.

Andris Piebalgs was born on 17 September 1957 in Valmiera, Latvia. Piebalgs is a graduate in Physics from the University of Latvia. Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who occupied key positions in both national and European political fields. Earlier in his career, while Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union, Andris Piebalgs worked as a teacher and was the Headmaster of the 1st Secondary School of Valmiera (1980-1990). He also served as Director of the Department in the Ministry of Education in Latvia. He was a member of Communist Party of Soviet Union from 1979.

In 1988, Latvian People's Front, an organisation that united more than 200 000 people, was established. Supporters of Latvian self-determination gained victory in the elections of the Latvian Parliament on 18 March 1990. It was the first time since the Soviet occupation that candidates from various political parties were allowed to take part. On 7 May 1990, Andris Piebalgs was appointed as Minister of Education in the new Government, and one year later, in August 1991, Latvia regained full independence. Andris Piebalgs' main task was then to put in place the first independent education system in Latvia.

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