TENSION OVER NUCLEAR POWER SUBSIDY LEADS TO EUROPEAN LAWSUIT

01/26/2015

Austria has announced its intention to challenge a decision by the European Union to subsidize a nuclear power station in the United Kingdom. The appeal will be filed before April in the European Court of Justice, and it is likely other countries will join Austria in challenging the European Commission’s decision. Appellants will likely argue that the £17.6 ($26.43) billion subsidy is illegal state aid because the project does not meet the necessary criteria, including furthering the common interest of the EU as a whole. The proposed nuclear station would have 3.3GW capacity and provide 7% of the UK’s electricity by 2023. Austrian officials have said their country does not consider nuclear power to be environmentally or economically sustainable. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/21/austria-to-launch-lawsuit-hinkley-point-c-nuclear-subsidies.