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Sir, Regarding the interview ‘EABA: Promises and challenges of algae biofuels‘: We have produced micro-algae for the last 40 years or so – commercially as a part of aquaculture production processes. As such, we probably have a better understanding of algae as economic crop for lipids – either as food or fuel – than most… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission to launch European Research Council review‘: I just became aware of the establishment by the European Commission of a Review Panel on the European Research Council’s structures and mechanisms. I learned that the Panel is consulting with representative research organisations in Europe and has asked for inputs, with a deadline of 24… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Canada vows to challenge EU seal products ban‘: This cooperation with Canada is inhuman indeed. I think that a large-scale debate should be initiated, to see if there is genuine demand for such products on the market. I myself would never buy any products made from seals. I agree with reasonable hunting, meaning… » read more

Sir, I read Mr. Watkinson’s letter to you entitled ‘Settling in Bulgaria‘ and I think I can provide a reasonable insider’s explanation to the reported problem. As a German who is married to a Bulgarian, I know very well of this problem, which arose shortly before the accession of Bulgaria to the EU and has… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Centre-right sweeps to victory in Bulgarian elections‘: My family and four other families are trying to have holidays in Bulgaria, and have bought property there. We come out twice per year and spend our money there, and in response to this our properties are constantly damaged, meaning every time we arrive we have… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘No ‘one size fits all’ for EU power linkage’, experts say‘: The apparent disagreement between François Meslier of EDF and the French regulator concerning the need (or lack thereof) for improved cross border connections misses a few important points. The recent DG TREN infringement proceedings against 24 member states with respect to cross-border… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘EU mulls €7bn subsidy for carbon capture‘: Is heralding the move towards large scale programmes in particular those for CCS (carbon capture and storage) and the very large organisations who are proffering these the right approach? One of the major hypotheses promoted for CCS is the transference of oxidised carbon (namely – carbon… » read more