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Energy - 03.12.2008
Renewable energy: CEMR calls for full involvement of local and regional authorities
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) has written to the European Parliament rapporteur, Claude Turmes, asking for the inclusion of a provision requiring the involvement of local and regional authorities in renewable energy national action plans.
In its letter to Claude Turmes, and as the European Parliament and the Council are negotiating compromises on the directive on renewable energy, CEMR states: Given their competences and the decentralised nature of renewable energy, local and regional authorities have a key role to play in delivering the EU's goal of increasing by 20% the share of renewable energy in its overall consumption of energy by 2020.
Earlier this year, the text adopted by the committee Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament called on Member States to cooperate with local and regional authorities in order to reach the 20% goals. CEMR calls for the final version of the directive to include this point.
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