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Energy vision for Europe

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The European Union's new Commissioner for Energy, Marcelino Oreja of Spain, says there is "a vital need" for an energy vision which encompasses the whole of the European continent "from Siberia to the Atlantic," reports the European Information Service. He points out that no EU country is self sufficient in energy, but energy markets continue to be organised nationally. The environment, competitiveness and security of supply were concepts which "transcend the frontiers between states." Oreja is pushing for a Green Paper on a future common energy policy by the next Energy Council meeting in six months time. A working document already prepared by the Commission identifies competitiveness, security of supply and environmental protection as the three common objectives of such a policy.

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