files EU complaint over £16bn deal for Hinkley Point C project
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.
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".
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."
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. "
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.