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Despite some movement at an April 23 meeting of the European Community's Council of Environmental and Energy Ministers, the proposed energy/carbon tax remains undecided. At that meeting, four more countries (Ireland,Portugal, Spain and Greece) were convinced to go along with a version of the tax, leaving the U.K. as the only holdout. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 319-320, May 5 1993). However, at a subsequent meeting of economic and finance ministers on June 7-8, member countries could not agree on draft statement that would have supported the tax (Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 4, June 11). Further developments are unlikely until a joint meeting of environment and finance ministers scheduled for September 14.

In late May, the European Parliament approved a voluntary program designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions (Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 406, June 2).

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