EUROPE: EU COMMISSION, GREEN PAPER ON THE EU ENERGY POLICY

The energy issue is the focus of attention in Brussels this week. While the results of a survey by Eurobarometro on energy technology were published yesterday, the Commission is due to publish tomorrow the "first strategic analysis of the EU energy policy, aimed at improving the operation of the domestic market, speeding up the use of new technology, differentiating the sources of supply". In addition, the president of the Executive, José Manuel Barroso, and commissioners Stavros Dimas (Environment) and Andris Piebalgs (Energy) will submit a Green Paper "on the energy policy options that the Union can try out, in order to tackle the problem of climate change, and on the prospects of international cooperation after 2012". The Eurobarometro surveys found that 60% of the citizens of the EU member states think "energy research should be a priority for the EU". In addition, "the Europeans are very favourable to renewable energy". The commissioner in charge of science and research, Janez Potoènik, stated: "In the next seven years, the EU is going to invest over 6 billion euros into energy research. We will work with the member states and the industry world to make the most of these investments".

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