July 7, 2015
Austria files EU complaint over £16bn deal for Hinkley Point C project

Austria has this week formally filed a legal complaint at the European Court of Justice against the use of government subsidies for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea.

Austria's leader, Chancellor Werner Faymann, said the subsidies should support "new and modern technology" in the interest of all EU states. He argued that the subsidy does not apply to atomic energy "in any way".

EDF Energy said Hinkley is an appropriate way for the UK to meet its need for low carbon electricity with a spokesperson saying: "The agreements... are durable because they are fair and balanced."

"They were approved by the European Commission following a robust and lengthy investigation. It found that the agreements were an appropriate and proportionate way for the UK to meet its need for secure, low carbon electricity. "

The Austrians argue that a deal by the UK government to guarantee the price of electricity from the nuclear plant breaches European rules on state aid. However, last October, the European Commission said the deal was within EU rules.


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