EUROPEAN Union heads of government have decided that Member States should agree an energy taxation directive by the end of this year, ending discussions that have been staged since 1992. The legislation will probably impose minimum duty levels on fossil fuels, with rebates available for green energy sources and uses such as biofuels and co-generation.

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