The EU Council of Ministers has formally adopted a common position
on the decision to continue with the Community's Altener Programme
on promoting alternative and renewable sources of energy. An
ECU 22 million budget is provided for the Altener
II Programme which should take place over the next two years. The
aim of the initiative is to contribute to boosting the use of more
environmentally friendly renewable sources of energy, as part of
the Community's CO2 emission reduction strategy.