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Eurobrief February 2009

Sixth CEN standarDays

The European Committee for Standardization, is organising its sixth StandarDays on 19 and 20 May 2009.

Commission plans VAT cuts for green goods

The European Commission plans to release a proposal that would enable Member States to reduce the amount of Value Added Tax (VAT) applied to greener products as a cost-effective means of promoting the production and use of energy-saving materials and energy-efficient appliances and equipment.

Commission to revisit energy efficiency

Too little progress is being made if the EU is to meet its objective of a 20% energy efficiency improvement by 2020, says the European Commission.

Kock-on effect of global financial crisis

Projects to help curb greenhouse gas emissions in the developing world may be abandoned because of the global financial crisis.