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Renewables top aim of EU presidency

Dealing with climate change and progress towards a "sustainable environmental and energy model" are stated priorities for the Portuguese presidency of the EU, which started on July 1, taking over the role of steering Europe's policies and legislation for the second half of 2007 from Germany. The three top energy objectives, says the Portuguese government, are making the internal market for energy a reality, continuing to put in place the legal framework for renewables and adopting the European Strategic Energy Technology plan. These priorities will carry forward the EU Commission's proposals for new energy laws due out later this year, including completing the internal market for gas and electricity and a legal framework on renewables which will detail the contribution that each EU member country must make to reaching the overall goal of 20% energy from renewables by 2020.

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