Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik

On 15 January 2008, six organisations and networks sent a letter of protest to Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik about the ‘Strategic Research Agenda’ and ‘Strategy Deployment Document’ composed by the European Biofuels Technology Platform.This platform, initiated by the European Commission itself, is heavily dominated by industry and has been given the opportunity to advise the EU about how public research money should be spent regarding agrofuel research. But not only that. The Platform has played a key role in shaping this ‘Strategic Research Agenda’ to fit an industry-wished agrofuel target of 25% of all transport needs by 2030; whereas even the Commission’s own scientific body now rejects the 10% target for 2020. Letter of protest to Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik about the EU ‘Strategic Research Agenda’ and ‘Strategy Deployment Document’
On 15 January 2008, six organisations and networks sent a letter of protest to Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik about the ‘Strategic Research Agenda’ and ‘Strategy Deployment Document’ composed by the European Biofuels Technology Platform.This platform, initiated by the European Commission itself, is heavily dominated by industry and has been given the opportunity to advise the EU about how public research money should be spent regarding agrofuel research. But not only that. The Platform has played a key role in shaping this ‘Strategic Research Agenda’ to fit an industry-wished agrofuel target of 25% of all transport needs by 2030; whereas even the Commission’s own scientific body now rejects the 10% target for 2020.