How much do Europeans pay for their electricity? Statistics show that prices are on the rise throughout the continent. In fact, EU domestic customers paid on average 7% more for their energy consumption in July 2006, compared to July 2005.
Inside the then EU-25, citizens from 20 countries witnessed in the same period an increase in electricity prices: only five countries recorded either a stabilization or a decrease. According to Eurostat figures, prices for household consumption of energy in Europe can vary dramatically, and even increase fivefold. Have a look at this graphic:

Composition of electricity prices for domestic consumers on 1 July 2006 (in euro per 100 kWh, for annual consumption of 3 500 kWh) Source Eurostat.

On 1st July 2006, citizens in Bulgaria paid little more than 5 for 100 kWh, while Danish citizens paid almost 25 for the same quantity. In fact, Danish, Dutch and Italian citizens…

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Enterprise and industry policy aim to ensure all businesses compete and trade on fair and equal terms, that Europe is an attractive place to invest and work, and that growth is in knowledge-based and innovative industries. This requires a sound industrial fabric across the EU, so that – without being interventionist – the policy takes specific needs and characteristics of individual sectors, such as the food, fashion and design, and IT industries, into account, makes sure that strategically important industries, such as aerospace, defense, mechanical engineering, chemicals, the life sciences and biotechnology, can flourish, and promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and healthy SMEs, since small businesses are the backbone of EU enterprise.

Remaining internationally competitive

Creating conditions that enable EU businesses to compete on equal terms with the rest of the world includes protecting their intellectual and industrial property against counterfeiting and piracy. It means keeping costly red tape to the minimum compatible…

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