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EU Energy Research Policy

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Developing sustainable energy systems and services for Europe is the strategic goal of EU energy research. In addition, the aim is to contribute to a more sustainable development worldwide.

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This strategy will lead to an increased security and diversity of energy supply, and will provide Europe with:

  • high-quality, low-cost energy services
  • improved industrial competitiveness
  • reduced environmental impact, and
  • a better quality of life for all Europeans

Decision-making process
How energy research policy is decided and then implemented is outlined in the following sections:

  • Energy research in the European Treaties: Energy research is carried out under the terms of the European Treaties. It is needed to support a wide range of EU policies.
  • Who decides EU energy research policy?: The European institutions together decide on the Framework Programmes for research and technological development (RTD) as set out in the European Treaties.
  • Energy research in the Framework Programmes: Energy research is part of the thematic area ‘sustainable development, global change and ecosystems’ in the current research and technological development (RTD) programme.
  • The European Research Area (ERA): The challenge of overcoming the present fragmentation of Europe's research efforts has been taken up. Progress towards a European Research Area has become the reference point for research policy issues in Europe.