Energy issues to dominate German presidency

Effort to agree EU strategic approach to energy and climate change to be central theme of next six months

Climate change and energy will be key issues for Germany during its EU presidency in the first half of 2007, foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday.  Mr Steinmeier was unveiling the country’s plans for its six-month chairmanship of the council of ministers, starting 1 January.

Germany will attempt to secure agreement from EU heads of government on a package of climate and energy measures on 8-9 March.  The aim is to produce an "ambitious" EU energy plan, the country’s presidency programme says.

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