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New regional energy management agencies

The European Commission has announced the creation of 34 new energy agencies to be funded under the SAVE II programme for the promotion of energy efficiency.

The new agencies are located in regions (18), islands (3) and urban areas (13). These 34 new agencies will add to the ...
The European Commission has announced the creation of 34 new energy agencies to be funded under the SAVE II programme for the promotion of energy efficiency.

The new agencies are located in regions (18), islands (3) and urban areas (13). These 34 new agencies will add to the network of 80 energy agencies already established in the EU in a pilot project.

These 34 new agencies were selected following a call for proposals launched on 15 February 1996 (OJ No S 32 of 15.2.1996, p. 14). The call aimed to attract proposals bringing together regions, cities or towns from different Member States. In particular, proposals were sought from outlying or frontier regions, from priority regions under the Structural Funds (Objective 1, 2, 5b, and 6) and from regions with environmental or economic conversion problems. A total of 14 proposals were accepted, creating 34 new agencies.

The priority criteria established by the Commission for the agencies are as follows:

- To contribute to better Community integration in energy matters;
- To foster economic and social cohesion by reducing the disparities between regions;
- To improve environmental protection and the quality of life.

The energy agencies will cooperate with each other, and draw on the experience of the existing agencies. Each of the 34 agencies will have a budget of ECU 150,000 for the first three years of operation. The proposals selected involve partners from the following areas, where agencies are to be established:

- Region of Western Greece (prefectures of Etolia-Akarnania, Akhaia, Ilia) with Messina Province (I);
- Naples (I) with Seville (E) and Munich (D);
- Asturias (E) with Galway (IRL);
- Dodecanese (EL) with Ajaccio (F) and Sassari (I);
- Örebro (S) with Perugia (I) and Forssa (FIN);
- Norbotten (S) with Epirus (EL) and Macedonia (EL);
- Skarabork (S) with Forest of Dean (UK) and Newark (UK);
- Heidelberg (D) with Apeldoorn (NL);
- London Borough of Croydon (UK) with Sintra (P);
- Upper Styria (A) with Bradford (UK);
- Kent (UK) with Halland (S);
- Cork (IRL) with Rennes (F) and Swansea (UK);
- Dublin (IRL) with Arnhem (NL);
- East Connacht (IRL) with Foyle Region (UK).
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