Celebrations of Ignalina NPP federation’s 25th anniversary

On the event of the celebration of Ignalina NPP federation’s 25th anniversary, Thomas Schneider, President of FECER european energy sectoral federation of managers, has sent a warm letter of congratulations and support to the President Dranik, the delegates and members of the Independent Trade Union of SE Ignalina NPP. In this letter he recalls the conditions in which Ignalia NPP federation was created and its commitments with the managers and with the employees of the power plant.

FECER 12 proposals on European Commission Clean Energy Package

General vision on Energy Union

For us, to succeed in the refounding of the European project, we must rethink the current «Europe’s software», and keep-up favoring the balance of economic and social performance factors and long-term investments.
This applies in particular in the field of energy, which is at the heart of the daily lives of citizens and the European economy.
Reducing the carbon intensity of the economy ought to be the heart of the Clean Energy Package.
As energy policy must be helpful to European industry and driven by high quality job creation, the «energy only and short-term market» can’t be an objective in itself !

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Electricité : quelle vision, quel leadership ?

MIS EN LIGNE LeSoir.be LE 16/10/2018 À 06:00

PAR JEAN-POL PONCELET, ANCIEN MINISTRE DE L’ENERGIE, MEMBRE DE L’ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE BELGIQUE

Le « père » de la dérégulation du marché de l’énergie dans les années nonante énonce les contradictions de la politique actuelle en la matière

Le gouvernement n’est pas une solution à notre problème. Le gouvernement est le problème.  » Avérée ou non, la maxime prêtée à Ronald Reagan, quarantième Président des Etats-Unis, pourrait sans doute illustrer l’hallucinant imbroglio dans lequel se trouve aujourd’hui la politique énergétique de notre pays. Read more

Ecomagination Challenge Hackathon in Berlin, June 12-13 2017

Driving decarbonization is a tremendous challenge. But in this GE Ecomagination hackathon, you’ll use powerful tools and develop new solutions using the GE Predix platform, Cloud Foundry, and the Industrial Internet of Things. Help solve some of the toughest problems in energy management and manufacturing :

Hack1 :

Grid Optimization for Decarbonization
Build digital tools to modernize the European electrical grid, reduce carbon emissions, and drive economic value.

Hack2 :

Advanced Manufacturing for Aerospace
Create agile, optimized manufacturing solutions that reduce the weight of aircraft components for more energy-efficient operation and decarbonized flight with data provided by aerospace manufacturer Stelia Aerospace.

Stretch your skills and creative thinking. Bridge real and virtual worlds. Discover the amazing capabilities of the GE Predix platform. And compete for €50,000 in prizes.

For more information, view our common press release HERE

When registering, select “Hackathon” as the registration type. Register as a team of up to five people (“I have a team”) or as an individual—and we’ll place you on a team.

European project “Reinventing industrial relations in Europe with and for Youth : A research applied to energy transition “

In July 2015, FECER and CEC signed a letter of support to CFE-CGC Energies, combined with a master network engineering, engaged in their European project “Reinventing industrial relations in Europe with and for Youth : A research applied to energy transition “, developed as part of a call for proposals from the European Commission.

The project aims to raise awareness and increase interest in the issues of social dialogue for students of European universities.

European Commission proposal to phase out subsidised coal production by 2014 needs to be amended immediately – time window is narrowing

On the occasion of its meeting on July 20th 2010, the European Commission adopted a legis- lative proposal to replace the existing Council regulation 1407/2002 (the „Coal regulation”) which is due to expire on December 31st 2010.

By agreeing to these essential features

  • closure aid („digressive operational aid” facilitating the closure process) shall be granted to only those mines for which a definitive closure plan exists that comes into effect not later than October 1st 2014
  • obligation to recover any aid granted if mines are not closed after the date fixed in the closure plan

the Commission has grossly disregarded the outcome of the related Impact Assessment carried out by its services. Instead, it followed a series of ill-placed arguments which demands the phasing–out of state aid after a limited period for reasons of principle. By doing so, the Commission deliberately put at risk the jobs of tens of thousands in the European coal sector and related industries. Consequently, in its press release issued August 9th 2010, FECER has highlighted that invaluable social and environmental objectives have been sacrificed for allegedly overriding reasons including competition and climate protection. No doubt, such a decision has all the ingredients to foster resentments vis-à-vis the European integration or at best voter fatigue, as shown during last year’s election of the European Parliament.

Having carefully reviewed the exchange of arguments between the political stakeholders across Europe on the above Commission proposal, FECER members call upon all European Union institutions engaged in finalising the revision of the „Coal regulation” – in particular Commission, Parliament and Council – to take into account the following:

  • for social and environmental reasons, the principal conclusion in the Impact As- sessment was a gradual phasing out of operating aid over a period of up to ten years, i. e. by the year 2020
  • state aid to the coal industry as covered by the Commission proposal 2010/372 does not constitute an “inefficient fossil fuel subsidy” to be abolished in pursuit of the conclusions of the G20 round, as the carbon footprint of coal utilisation will change to a negligible extent only since imported coal will replace local production

However, if the European Union should place principles of regulatory policy above all other political objectives, this would have major consequences within its own realm, e. g. phasing- out of payments to the agricultural sector within a comparable period of time.

In conclusion, FECER is confident, that the EU institutions dealing with the revision of the „Coal regulation” in the weeks to come will be prudent enough to apply the principles of the Europe 2020 strategy in a careful and responsible manner which puts the objectives of job creation and preservation, respectively, on the top of the EU’s strategic agenda during the next decade.

Brussels, October 25th 2010