On 31 August 2000, the Swedish government decided to appoint a negotiator with the task of proposing a programme for long-term agreements for energy efficiency in the energy-intensive industry. The purpose is to achieve the effective use of energy and a cost-effective reduction of GHG emissions. During the fact-finding process, the negotiator kept regular contacts with the industries involved and also made preparations for the notification of the programme to the European Commission. On 31 October 2001, the negotiator submitted a report to the government, which includes guidelines for a programme of long-term agreements; it was published in 2001 (Ds 2001:65). Proposals for implementation will be included in the energy policy bill of 2002.