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The Altener programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources, and support for the implementation of a Community strategy and action plan for renewable energy sources to the year 2010, will be implemented for the period covering 1998 to 2002 following a decision of the E...
The Altener programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources, and support for the implementation of a Community strategy and action plan for renewable energy sources to the year 2010, will be implemented for the period covering 1998 to 2002 following a decision of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The decision will take effect on 19 April 2000, 20 days after publication of the Official Journal of the European Communities.

The priority objectives of this programme are to help create the necessary legal, socio-economic and administrative conditions to allow the implementation of the Community action plan for renewable sources of energy. Furthermore the programme is designed to encourage private and public investment in the production and use of energy from renewable sources.

These two specific objectives should contribute towards the overall Community objectives of limiting carbon dioxide emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy sources, and reducing energy imports, whilst satisfying social and economic concerns.

Financial support amounting to 77 million euro has been set for the implementation of the programme.

The following actions and measures will be funded:

- studies and other actions to develop the potential of renewable energy sources;

- pilot actions of interest to the Community aimed at creating or extending structures and instruments for the development of renewable energy sources;

- measures intended to develop information, education and training structures, and to encourage international and inter-regional cooperation;

- monitoring and evaluation actions.

The European Commission will be responsible for the financial execution and implementation of the Altener programme.

In a joint declaration, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission 'declare that the opening of the Altener programme to the associated Mediterranean countries envisaged in the MEDA programme should be examined in the context of the next revision of this programme'.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities

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