The Commission is planning to publish a Strategy Paper shortly on shale gas in Europe. I understand that one issue of concern to the Commission is public acceptance of unconventional gas extraction. Yet at the same time the Commission is providing substantial funding to a wide range of green NGOs, who are spreading misinformation and black propaganda on the issue of shale gas, and are stirring up fear and hysteria amongst the public and sections of the media.
Does the Commission believe it is consistent to set out a positive programme for shale gas in Europe while at the same time funding organisations seeking to sabotage that programme? Will the Commission now desist from such funding? Or will it at least make future funding conditional upon these NGOs adopting a more reasonable and balanced approach to this issue?