EU to change aid rules for house energy projects

Commission proposal would allow member states to use structural funds for efficiency measures in low-income households

The European commission has proposed a change in EU financial aid rules that would allow low-income households increased access to EU structural funds to finance energy efficiency and renewables investments.

Current EU legislation limits member states' use of structural funds for these measures;  under the new rules the EU would in effect co-finance national, regional and local initiatives such as the installation of double-glazing.  More efficient houses are seen as vital to Europe's economic recovery (EED 26/11/08) and climate and energy goals (EED 13/11/08).

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