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EU seventh framework programme research--FP7 energy research spending.

TARGETED energy research projects of all kinds will command budgets of Euro 2.2 billion from 2007-13 under a draft rewritten European Union (EU) seventh framework programme (FP7).

Other targeted research budgets under the Euro 54.5 billion scheme proposed by the European Commission include Euro 1.8 billion on environmental studies and Euro 9 million on IT, the largest budget for focused research work. Euro 7.4 billion is being set aside for basic research on all topics, coordinated by a European Research Council. The figures come in unpublished papers passed to Utility Week, that have been circulated amongst some MEPs and minsters. Brussels officials said they had been received positively. Although these allocations could change under formal amendments from both the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, it is unlikely that they will shift radically, because the overall pot has been agreed. As it stands, nuclear research remains healthy in a generally pared down FP7, following a tough budget settlement (last year the Commission had proposed that the programme receive Euro 75.7 billion overall). Nuclear energy research allocations for Euratom FP7 spending is now Euro 4.05 billion, with Euro 750 million going directly to the EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC), and Euro 3.3 billion for outside grants. Of this, Euro 2.9 billion would be reserved for nuclear fusion (largely the global ITER project), and Euro 411 million on fission. Speaking generally, European Commission research spokeswoman Antonia Mochan said: "The budget is not what we asked for, but we'll do our best."
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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