Ukraine calls for EU role in energy sector

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Brussels should play a greater role in the energy sector to avert a repeat of the January gas row between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine's energy minister said.

Nabucco won't sideline Russia, EU says

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The proposed Nabucco natural gas pipeline is not meant to sideline Russia as the European Union still sees the gas giant as a partner, EU officials said.

No evidence Ukraine stole Russian gas

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- There is no evidence that in 2009 Ukraine siphoned off gas supplies from Russia that were bound for European customers, the European energy commissioner said.

EU Commission seeks nuke plant rules

BRUSSELS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The European Commission is restarting its legislative efforts to set nuclear power safety standards as the energy sector makes a comeback, officials said.

Piebalgs prepares Nabucco tour

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is set to launch a major diplomatic tour of potential suppliers to the Western-backed Nabucco pipeline.

Piebalgs calls for energy diversity

BERLIN, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- For the European Union to diversify its energy supplies, it needs a united stance on alternatives while continuing to deal with Russia, an official said.

UPI Energy Watch

European Union to push Azerbaijan pipeline; France's GDF SUEZ acquires North Sea assets; Total signs three oil and gas agreements in Syria.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Dana Gas completes common user gas pipeline; Turkey, EU sign agreement on Trans-Caspian gas pipeline; Hungary sidesteps Nabucco criticism; India, Pakistan warm to Chinese role in Peace Pipeline

EU signs energy deal with Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, May 28 (UPI) -- The European Union and Turkmenistan signed an agreement to ensure energy cooperation in a move away from Russian energy dependence, officials said.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Leaders from the European Union met with Middle Eastern officials in Brussels to finalize details of the Trans-Arab gas pipeline.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Europe ties Nabucco deals with Turkey and Arab gas, says Russia not involved; Iraq-Iran pipeline tender deadline extended to May 18; TransCanada keen on second Keystone line
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Asian Development Bank willing to finance TAPI gas line; Iran wants movement on IPI pipeline; Nabucco only with Iran, Russian ambassador says; BP, Conoco execs in Washington to rally Alaskan support for gas line
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Europe and Iraq make energy inroads

BRUSSELS, April 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi and European leaders envision partnership, especially in the oil and gas sector, following meetings this week in Brussels.

EU nuclear chief: Investment needed

BRUSSELS, April 16 (UPI) -- European Union countries must prepare to invest substantial sums in maintaining and securing nuclear reactors, the EU energy commissioner said.

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

EU Energy chief eyes Iran supplies for Nabucco; India, Pakistan, Iranian talks on gas pipeline resume in two weeks; India keen on undersea gas pipeline from Oman
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
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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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