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Council conclusions on the EU's energy strategy for 2020 published

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The European Council has adopted conclusions on energy that state the need to create a safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy policy contributing to European competitiveness in the future. The conclusions state that the 2020 20% energy efficiency target agreed upon, which is presently not on track, must be delivered. The Council will carefully examine the upcoming Commission proposal for a new Energy Efficiency Action Plan, setting out in more detail a series of policies and measures across the full energy supply chain.

The Council also pointed out that as of 1 January 2012, all Member States should include energy efficiency standards taking account of the EU headline target in public procurement for relevant public buildings.
The Commission is currently finalising the Strategic Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The Action Plan is planned for adoption on 02 March 2011. Concrete legislative proposals are expected to be proposed after the summer 2011.

The ministerial resolution can be found here: