EU Presidency – Greenpeace urges energy ministers to opt for 100pc renewables

Budapest, May 2 (MTI) – Greenpeace Hungary held a demonstration in front of the hotel in Budapest where a delegation of EU energy ministers have arrived for a two-day summit in Godollo starting on Monday.

Greenpeace demands “a complete makeover” in energy policy, based 100 percent on renewable energy sources, Barbara Stoll, energy campaign chief for Greenpeace Hungary told reporters. She said ministers should take a stand on switching to 100 percent renewables today.

“At a time when oil prices are soaring, supplies are diminishing and trust in nuclear power fading, it is time for Europe to choose renewables and energy efficiency,” she told MTI.

The environmentalists set up a human-sized hourglass on the street opposite the ministers’ hotel. The glass contains coal dust instead of sand, to symbolise how non-renewable energy is destined to wither away, Stoll said.

Ministers are scheduled to discuss energy projects until 2050 in Godollo, near Budapest, on Tuesday. The European Commission is due to publish its energy roadmap before the end of the year, which will include alternatives on how member states can cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 85-95 percent over the next four decades.

Source: mti.hu

Labour market symbolically opened on Austrian-Hungarian border

Budapest, May 1 (MTI) – Austria and Germany opened their labour markets to job seekers from eight central and eastern European countries on Sunday, among them Hungary.

Budapest, May 1 (MTI) – Austria and Germany opened their labour markets to job seekers from eight central and eastern European countries on Sunday, among them Hungary.

This is the dismantling the last obstacle to the free flow of manpower between the old and new members of the European Union, organisers of a labour partnership event said at Sopronpuszta on the Austrian border.

In 2004, when Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the European Union, Austria and Germany were granted a seven-year exemption before being obliged to offer employment to applicants from the new member states. The term has now expired.

Contributors said that trades in which there is a labour shortage in Austria and Hungary are by and large identical, mainly in machine engineering. Nevertheless, labour cooperation is hoped to ease shortage, Szilvia Somogyi Rimanyi of the west Hungarian regional labour centre told MTI.

At present there are about 8,000 registered Hungarian employees in Burgenland, Austria’s easternmost province, mainly semi-skilled workers, farm hands and household helpers. Now the situation is expected to change, with a growing number of Hungarians with competitive trades and a command of German appearing on the Austrian labour market.

Source: mti.hu