The Council of the EU’s leaders on March 19 – 20, 2009,  approved six Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects  as part of the EU Economic Recovery Plan, that will use pre- combustion technology, allowing the production of hydrogen as a by product.  The projects approved are located in Rotterdam in the Netherlands (two projects), Belchatow in Poland, three in the UK (Lingsnorth, Longannet and (tibury) and one in Italy.  The Industry Committee of the EU Parliament on March 31 called for guarantees that if money would not be used for earmarked projects before 2010 it would be spent  in energy efficiency and “smart city” projects. The Committee therefore wants the Commission to submit the proposal on the eligibility and selection criteria that apply for the energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to Parliament and Council by September 2009.