THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) Council of Ministers has given the European Commission the authority to collate statistics on imports of hard coal into the EU. Member States will have to provide the information, which will include data on import prices of coal intended for power production and for use in the steel industry. Ministers gave the Commission retrospective authority to demand figures dating back to the expiry of the European Coal and Steel Community last July; its mandate will expire on December 31, 2010.

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