On January 18 the European Commission launched, through the European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, a call for energy project proposals for 2011, its budget being of EUR 67 M, a Ministry of Economy communiqué remitted yesterday informs. The projects should have a maximum duration of three years. According to the Ministry of Economy, the programme will support, through co-financing from European funds, projects on energy efficiency and the rational use of energy sources, new sources of energy and renewable energy, as well as energy diversification, the promotion of energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable sources of energy in transportation. “Financing from European funds may cover up to 75 per cent of the projects’ eligible costs, with the exception of projects financed as part of the integrated initiative on ‘training the labor force in energy efficiency and the renewable sources of energy in buildings’,” the communiqué adds. Applications have to be filed by consortiums formed by least 3 organizations from at least 3 eligible countries (EU-27, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia). The deadline is May 12, 2011, with the exception of the integrated initiative on ‘training the labor force in energy efficiency and the renewable sources of energy in buildings,’ whose deadline has been set for June 15, the Ministry added.