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Sir Graham Watson pushes European Commissioners for renewable energy

September 27, 2011 12:02 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Sir Graham will lead a group of core MEPs to meet with European Commissioner for research, innovation and science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and European Commissioner for regional policy Johannes Hahn. Ahead of the meeting, Sir Graham said:

"Our meetings today are about how we can use the EU's budget for research and regional policy to finance a surge in renewable energy in Europe and an electricity supergrid to connect Europe's remote sources of renewable energy together into one stable, reliable and 100% renewable source of power for all."

"This campaign comes at a crucial time, as the EU's overall spending plans for the 2014-2020 budgetary period are being drawn up as we speak. We are calling for €2 bn a year for research and €3 bn per year from structural funds for building a European supergrid and supporting large-scale renewable energy installations."