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Parliament split over energy efficiency bill ahead of key vote | EurActiv

The draft Energy Efficiency Directive is likely to need backing from the European Parliament in a plenary vote at the end of March before the Assembly can speak with one voice in upcoming negotiations with the 27 EU member states.

Hopes for accelerated negotiations immediately after the draft bill is voted in the Parliament's energy and transport committee (ITRE) tomorrow (28 February) will probably be dashed, several MEPs told EurActiv.

An 82-page compromise proposal on the draft bill, tabled by Green MEP Claude Turmes (Luxembourg), has not pleased all legislators, although it received backing from all political group representatives. 

This is despite a shared view that the directive should help bring benefits in terms of CO2 reductions and lower the EU's dependence on oil imports.

Markus Pieper MEP, the chief negotiator for the European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, said the assembly's views will be clearer after a vote in plenary, scheduled for 28 March.

"It is important that all MEPs in Parliament have the opportunity to comment on the compromise package," Pieper said. "It is a requirement of democracy to firstly vote collectively and then secondly to negotiate with other institutions."

Pieper, however, said he did not expect significant changes, since the hardest discussions between MEPs have already taken place.

by Nomad on Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 02:55:31 PM EST
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