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FREE Initiative – The Future of Rural Energy in Europe

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Open letter to the European Parliament: Rural households are at risk of being left behind with the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) initiative, alongside Liquid Gas Europe (LGE) and the European Committee of Manufacturers of Domestic Heating and Cooking Appliances (C.E.F.A.C.D), sent today an open letter to the European Parliament on the Energy Performance of Building Directive, warning against the risk of limiting consumer choice and leaving vulnerable consumers behind, and instead calling for an inclusive and multi-technology approach.

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FREE Webinar recap: Rural Energy in Europe – What does the future hold?

On 3 June 2021 the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup in the European Parliament & the FREE – Future of Rural Energy in Europe – Initiative launched the webinar series Get out of Town – Fill the Rural Energy Gap.

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COVID-19: Rural energy matters to deliver a just economic recovery in Europe

Tackling the significant socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will constitute an unprecedented challenge for the European Union (EU). As the situation continues to evolve, emergency measures remain a priority and the FREE Initiative expresses its strong support for the EU’s response to tackle the immediate consequences of the crisis.

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