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EAG issues first report on "Cleaner Energy System" and "Economic and Efficient Energy"

The key actions "Cleaner Energy Systems" and "Economic and Efficient Energy" under the fourth thematic programme of the Fifth Framework Programme had a balanced coverage of the principal challenges in the energy related field. That is the conclusion taken by the External Advis...
The key actions "Cleaner Energy Systems" and "Economic and Efficient Energy" under the fourth thematic programme of the Fifth Framework Programme had a balanced coverage of the principal challenges in the energy related field. That is the conclusion taken by the External Advisory Group (EAG) in its first report to the European Commission.

The group discussed the key actions over two meetings in November last year and found that the proposed content of the work programme was consistent with the overall aims and priorities set out in the Council's provisional Specific Programme orientation of 13 October 1998.

According to the EAG, there was an appropriate and balanced coverage of the principal problems for which EU-level research and technological development (RTD) could make an impact. Also, the group welcomed the inclusion of problems arising from the liberalisation of energy markets.

EAG considered that the two energy key actions should be managed as a single entity, recognising their interdependence.

The Group welcomed the approach taken by the Commission setting, in each bullet point of both the key actions, clear targets which were quantified, wherever possible. However, EAG suggested some refinements to the targets and, in some cases, proposed targets where these were missing.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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