On a proposal from Mr. Christos Papoutsis, Commissioner responsible for energy, the European Commission has adopted a report on the simplification of Community secondary legislation in the energy field. This is the second report involved in the process of simplifying energy legislation, following the first report on 26 July 1995 (COM(95) 391). The Commission proposes to continue examining energy legislation at two-year intervals. In its report, the Commission proposes that six legislative acts, all dating from the 1970s, should be repealed. In addition, the report proposes updating or simplifying a number of other legislative acts. These include five relating to oil, five relating to energy efficiency, one relating to natural gas, and one relating to electricity. All but one of these acts dates from more than ten years ago.