EU Commissioner under the Presidency of the European Commission by Jacques Santer.
Responsible for Energy Policy and EURATOM Supply Agency, Enterprise Policy, Commerce, Tourism and Social Economy.
Represented the European Commission at the OECD, the G8, the E.U. Council for Energy and the E.U. Council for Competitiveness.
During his mandate, the European Commission has prioritized a combined European policy for energy and environmental protection with the adoption of the White Paper on European Energy Strategy, the White Paper and the Action Plan for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources.
Specific multiannual programs were adopted (1998-2002) for Renewable Energy Sources (ALTENER), for the efficient use of energy (SAVE II), international energy cooperation (SYNERGY), the Environmental Technologies Action Plan for the promotion of eco-innovation and use of environmental technologies (ETAP), the AUTO-OIL program.
· The multi-annual action plan (1998-2002) for the safety of nuclear facilities and the safe transfer of radio-active materials was approved, negotiations were concluded and the pact for the nuclear energy was signed between the E.U. and the U.S.A..
· Held a leading role in the completion of negotiations and the adoption of the Directives on the deregulation of the internal electricity and natural gas markets, which founded the European Internal Energy Market.
· The Trans-European Energy Networks planning was completed.
· Regional cooperation in the energy sector of the EU with the Mediterranean countries, the countries of Southeastern Europe and the Baltic emerged as priority.
· A stable framework for energy cooperation between the EU Russia and China was created.
· Presented, for the first time, a comprehensive and contemporary policy for entrepreneurship and the strengthening of competitiveness.
· Several legislative initiatives and multi-annual programs were launched in support of SMEs, Commerce, Craft and Social Economy.
· Several international meetings of EU business cooperation with the U.S., Latin America, Middle East, China and ASEAN countries were organised.
· The Green and the White Papers on Commerce were adopted as well as a package of policies to reinforce commerce in agreement with the representatives of the member states of EU, Chambers of Commerce and workers.
· The European Commission presented for the first time:
o The Green Paper on Tourism.
o The first multiannual program (PHILOXENIA) to enhance the tourism industry.
o The multi-annual program (1995-1997) to support co-operatives, mutual societies, associations and foundations in the EU.