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As far as the heavyweights at the EU's energy directorate, DG XVII, are concerned, the bird trouble at Tarifa is past history and Brussels is prepared to bankroll new projects at the controversial wind site in southern Spain. According to Gonzalo Molina Igartua, head of the strategy, dissemination, and promotion of energy technologies unit in Brussels, a group of experts are currently studying proposals submitted for the new round of EU funding from the Thermie programme, including several for Tarifa. Molina expresses amazement that "the death of 20-odd birds" could paralyse a major wind site like Tarifa. "It was a rubbish tip that attracted the birds to the site," he says. "Now that it's closed the problem has disappeared." Developers had been refused funds for Tarifa since environmentalists detected in the region of 50 bird deaths there between 1993 and 1994.

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