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de Brún welcomes EU funding move on energy and houses

2 December, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin's Regional Development MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed moves by the European Commission to allow EU funds be used for energy-efficiency projects in low-income housing.

Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:

"This is something I have argued strongly for in the European Parliament. I have also pressed for the Assembly to make this an important part of their strategy to deal with fuel poverty and to help tackle climate change.

"The benefits of making housing energy efficient are manifold. The savings that installation brings are by themselves impressive. The fact that low-income housing is to be targeted through this EU proposal makes this all the more important a factor especially in light of the ongoing financial crisis."

"We also know that energy-efficiency and the use of renewable energy can contribute to Ireland, north and south, meeting our obligations to reduce energy consumption, to move to cleaner energy and to help meet the climate change challenge." ENDS

Note to Editors

The EU Commissioner Danuta Huebner has announced plans to allow for the possibility of using the European Regional Development Fund for "expenditure on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in existing housing, in favour of low-income households is eligible". The proposal is part of a package announced in light of the financial crisis.

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