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Ten new EU countries to comply with EU renewables directive

The ten new countries that are to join the EU in May 2004 will be expected to comply with the European directive that allocates countries targets for increasing their share of electricity from renewables, said Beatriz Yordi, from the European Commission. She revealed that the proportion of renewables electricity in the ten new member states is targeted to rise from 5.6% in 2000 to a combined 11% in 2010. The current 15 members have an existing 2010 target of 22% of electricity from renewables -- up from 13.9% in 2000. When the acceding countries are taken into account, the new overall EU 25 target will become a slightly lower 21%.

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