MEPs and member states this week (13 June) came up with a last-minute deal to save the energy-efficiency directive. The deal is viewed as a victory for the Danish presidency of the Council of Ministers, which had made an agreement on the directive the centrepiece of its environmental agenda. The deal is expected to be signed by EU energy ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg on Friday (15 June). "During the last couple of weeks we have managed to get support from member states for a more ambitious directive than anyone would have dreamt of only a couple of months ago,” said Martin Lidegaard, Denmark's energy minister, this morning.
But some MEPs and environmental campaigners say the deal will water down the European Commission's proposal so significantly that it will not enable the EU to even get close to meeting a goal of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 (a target agreed upon in 2008).