Fresh start: Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time

The first of January not only marked the start of a new year, it was also when Latvia took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. The Baltic state will lead and coordinate member states’ work for the next six months and expectations are high. Visiting Latvia in December 2014, EP President Martin Schulz said: "My experience shows that presidencies from small countries are very much involved in the success of reforms." We asked MEPs from Latvia what we can expect.

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AIE reacts: Evaluating National Regulations on Access to Professions

The initiative of the Commission, based on Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications describes the situation of regulated professions including an assessment of the regulations from the Commission’s point of view. The AIE specified the following guidelines with regard to electrical contracting services which the Commission should - from the AIE’s point of view - consider when „Evaluating National Regulations on Access to Professions”

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The Primary energy conversion factor debated in Brussels

In the context of energy efficiency policy implementation, the so-called Primary Energy Factor (PEF) has been used to transform electricity consumption into primary energy consumption. Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency (the "EED") establishes in Annex IV a default coefficient of 2.5 which may be applied by Member States when transforming electricity savings into primary energy savings. Member States can also use a different coefficient if justified. The Commission services held a meeting on 11 December last with the Member States and representatives of stakeholders, amongst which the AIE, in order to discuss the way forward on the issue.

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Status report BPIE on compliance with article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive required that all Member States develop strategies which incentivise investments into the deep renovation of the building stock. Strategies are meant to provide confidence to building owners to invest in building renovation, and to the market to invest in the supply chain, but the approach taken so far in the 10 analysed strategies falls short of achieving this objective. 

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