09 Feb 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 09 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT – Energy consumption in the EU down to its early 1990s level; EU energy dependence at 53%
In 2013, gross inland energy consumption, which reflects the energy necessary to satisfy inland consumption, amounted in the European Union (EU) to 1 666 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), back to its early 1990s level and down by 9.1% compared to its peak of 1 832 Mtoe in 2006. In 2013, nuclear energy (29%) accounted for the largest share of EU domestic production of energy, ahead of renewables (24%), solid fuels (20%), gas (17%), oil (9%) and non-renewable wastes (1%). In total, the EU produced 790 Mtoe of energy in 2013. As a result, the EU was dependent on energy imports for slightly over a half (53%) of its consumption in 2013. Read full press release.
Education ministers and Commission to discuss joint response to radicalisation on 17 March in Paris
In the wake of recent events, EU education ministers will meet in Paris on 17 March to discuss new measures to tackle radicalisation across the EU. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, who will attend the meeting, said: “Now more than ever, we need to build cohesive communities, and find ways to live together as a society. Education helps us to understand and accept our differences, overcome alienation, and create belonging and inclusion. I hope to see all education ministers in Paris so that we can show solidarity and start a debate on the role education can play – and how Europe can make a difference.” The meeting is a joint initiative of the French government, the European Commission and the Latvian EU Presidency. The EU supports national efforts in preventing radicalisation and already set up a Radicalisation Awareness Network in 2011 to bring together first line practitioners from very different areas, including teachers.