EU economic rescue plan puts focus on efficiency

Barroso says leaders must turn crisis into opportunity to accelerate towards low-carbon economy

The European commission has proposed a major European economic recovery package that would refocus attention on energy efficiency and greener products.  It would also give financial aid to the automobile industry through a new "green cars" initiative.

The plan was announced by commission president José Manuel Barroso on Wednesday and calls for a €200bn "injection of purchasing power" into the EU economy.  Mr Barroso wants heads of government to back the package at a summit in Brussels next month.

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