MEPs go soft on buildings energy efficiency
The European parliament's energy committee this week voted for a six-year deadline to implement the draft EU buildings energy efficiency directive. The rapporteur MEP withdrew proposals to push for a substantially earlier deadline after talks with council officials, though the new position is still one year earlier than the date preferred by ministers (EED 27/08/02). But MEPs warned they could return to a tougher stance if the council did not move further towards their demands in separate ongoing negotiations over the sixth framework research programme. See European parliament industry committee and news report.