A week after the European Union granted financial flexibility to Norway for a carbon capture and storage project, the EU is urging other member nations not to worry about costs as they pursue such projects. While current EU financial laws limit government funding of such projects to 50 percent, the Norway decision reflects a willingness to inject flexibility into the funding process in support of CCS. EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs remarked that the Norway decision "provides an important precedent for considerations of state aid cases related to projects that will be necessary for further advancement of technologies for capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide.”