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Renewable Energy: Technology

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has made to the President of the European Commission on the proposal to allocate funding for research and development into renewable energy technologies from the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK Government supports a significant reprioritisation within the next Financial Perspective of the EU Budget to support the EU's long term priorities, including innovation, energy, and climate change. The Government's position paper on the Commission's proposal for a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding from 2014 argued that the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan should receive an increased share of a smaller EU Budget. However, DECC Ministers have made no separate representations to the President of the European Commission on this specific proposal.

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