EU cogeneration directive wins approval

Parliament ratifies compromise deal with council to enable early entry into force of law to promote CHP

An EU directive promoting the use of cogenerated heat and power (CHP) is ready for adoption after the European parliament ratified a compromise deal struck with the council of ministers. The second reading agreement means that conciliation talks between the institutions have been been avoided and has secured adoption before next June's parliamentary elections.

Representatives of the parliament, the council and the commission hammered out the compromise deal in early December. The complex negotiations had to overcome deep disagreements during the legislation's first reading (EED 15/05/03). Even by the beginning of this month, the parliament's industry committee was still holding out for big concessions from EU governments (EED 04/03/02).

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