Austria to fight Commission decision to facilitate Hinkley Point

The Austrian government will continue to contest a decision by the European Commission which is facilitating the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

Georg Möstl, press officer at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy told Power Enginee European Commission ring International that Austria is not acting against the UK, but rather the decision by Brussels to enable the development of nuclear power in member states generally.

“The ongoing judicial procedure is not affected by the decision of the UK-Government to start to build the nuclear power plant. Our action is aimed at the annulment of the disputed state aid decision of the European Commission,” Möstl said.

Austria maintained that it is not challenging the UK’s right to choose its energy mix, merely the compatibility of the UK’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme with EU rules on state aid. The Commission’s decision to allow the scheme to go ahead triggered the action from Vienna, supported by Luxembourg.



Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...