The European Commission has published a proposal for a Council Regulation adopting a multiannual programme to promote international cooperation in the energy sector (SYNERGY). The SYNERGY programme will establish a multiannual framework for Community activities in the area of international energy cooperation. It is due to come into force on 1 January 1996 and will remain operational until 31 December 2000. The SYNERGY programme will provide third countries with assistance and cooperation in the definition, formulation and implementation of energy policy. Its specific objectives are to: - Promote sustainable development, notably by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and of pollutants linked to energy consumption; - Enhance the security of energy supplies; - Improve energy efficiency. The Community shall, in particular, contribute to the financing of technical assistance and training, energy planning; the organization of conferences and seminars and the creation of institutions such as the energy centres. The programme's resources may also be used temporarily to support the operation of the Secretariat of the European Energy Charter Treaty. No funding will, however, be granted to research, development and demonstration projects.