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Oettinger: Energy savings target still possible | EurActiv

The European Commission and the Danish EU presidency said the Energy Efficiency Directive could "realistically" come together in the next couple of months, despite member states' consistent watering down of the proposal.

"I think realistically a solution is possible under the Danish presidency," Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told journalists on Friday (20 April) after an informal energy council meeting in Horsens, Denmark.

A deal to deliver a 20% energy savings target is still be possible by 1 July, the commissioner said.

"The real message was that there was no blockade from anybody," Oettinger added, referring to meeting in Horsens. "My hope is we can come to a solution in June in an ambitious manner that will realise this 20% target."

Since it took over the rotating EU presidency in January, Denmark has been aiming to reach an agreement on the directive by 1 July, when its chairman role comes to an end. 

"I feel this is the most constructive discussion we have ever had in the Council [of ministers] on this file," said Martin Lidegaard, the Danish climate and energy minister.

EU countries have been rejecting the binding 20% savings target of the energy efficiency bill, which has entered its last negotiation phase.

Energy saving is the only one of three 2020 green targets the 27 member states are legally bound to reach.

by Nomad on Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 at 05:27:32 PM EST
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