Organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (Eufores) and the Madeira environment and energy agency (Aream), the meeting also ended with a call for national parliaments to hold an inter-parliamentary colloquium on energy policy, and for the EU to come up with a clear strategy on helping accession countries to achieve sustainable energy use. Eufores promotes achievement of 15% of EU primary energy from renewable sources by 2010, compared with the official target of 12%.
* In a related development, the European Commission yesterday adopted a communication reviewing progress in liberalising EU electricity markets and calling for faster steps towards a truly single market. Only four EU countries have so far opened 100% of their power markets to competition. Liberalisation has been repeatedly attacked in recent months for allegedly undermining the prospects for renewable energy and cogeneration.
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