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Throw a frog into boiling water, the story goes, and it will jump out. But if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated it will not perceive the danger and will be boiled to death.
This is just what is happening to the draft Energy Efficiency Directive. Each successive amendment from the European Council weakens the text a little more. Now the Council’s version – a compilation of the most unambitious points from each member state – has almost reached junk status.
Already last year – before the directive’s release in June 2011 – the Council had pressured the Commission into proposing a number of loosely-linked binding measures instead of a binding overall 20% target (which Commission analysis shows would have been the best option).
Since then the Council has been steadily watering down all the main measures in the directive – especially the 3% renovation rate for public buildings […]

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