It is not peregrine to speak of farce. This is the impression that emerges when listening to the statements of the energy ministers of the most disgruntled EU states such as France, Spain (it’s a joke), Greece (we’re wasting time) and “last but not least” Italy (the European mountain gives birth to this little mouse). The surreal proposal of the European Commission presented the day before yesterday evening of 275 euros per megawatt hour has brought everything to a standstill. On the other hand, Germany and the Netherlands are less drastic. The Germans say they are ready to negotiate but that “generally the direction is the right one”. It looks like the headstone to any discussion. And, as if that weren’t enough, the markets don’t seem to like it either, with gas yesterday reaching a recent high of 133.9 euros. We talk about it with Adriana Certelli of the Sun 24 Hours.
Nutriscore: removed from the EU Agenda. Referral to 2024
“The EU Commission has removed the legislative proposal on European nutritional labeling from the agenda for the coming months which, among the various proposals, includes the notorious Nutriscore”. So the MEP Paolo De Castro, on the sidelines of the XX Coldiretti Forum, which was held today in Rome. “An extremely positive news” because we arrive at 2024, due to the expiry of the current legislature at the end of 2023 and elections the following year. “This Commission and this Parliament will not be able to propose or carry out anything concerning nutritional labelling. In fact we will have more time to convince that Nutriscore is not good”. Naturally, De Castro then explains, “this does not mean that the Commission cannot put off the proposal” which also contains the Nutriscore “but not seeing it in the Agenda means that there will be no proposals on the table until the summer of 2023. In fact, it is a topic which the next Commission and the next European Parliament will deal with, given that the period of action of the current European institutions ends on 31 December 2023”. Let’s explore the topic with Paolo DeCastroPd MEP and member of the Agriculture Commission of the EU Parliament.
A2a revises the strategic plan, 16 billion on Italy
A2a reviews the ‘Strategic Plan 2021-2030’, bringing investments back to 16 billion euros, after having raised them to 18 last January, to focus exclusively on Italy. This is the message launched to the market by the managing director Renato Mazzoncini, who reiterated the objective of “keeping in Italy” all the resources available to support “the country’s energy independence”. “2022 – explains Mazzoncini – was characterized by a complex gepolitical and economic framework and by a volatile energy scenario”. Thus, in light of this context which will not improve in a stable manner before 2026, the board of directors has decided to “adapt the plan to continue to guarantee the solidity of the group and face the new challenges” of the country. “The investments have been updated – he adds – by favoring organic growth in the domestic market and confirming the circular economy and the energy transition as pillars of A2a’s strategy”. We just talk about it with Renato Mazzoncini, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of A2A.