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.

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