The EU Advocate General Hogan releases its opinion on State aid for a new nuclear power plant in the UK (Hinkley Point C)

Hinkley Point C – Is semi-permeable membrane protecting the internal market’s nucleus?* Who would have thought that a case from the UK would potentially shape the EU State aid policy for years to come, being decided just around the time of the UK’s exit from the EU? This situation is made all the more particular as many state aids lawyers have suggested that the applicant, Austria, is rather unlikely to succeed in the case of Hinkley Point C. The Commission Decision 2015/658 of 2015 and the lengthy GC judgment in this case have been summarised and annotated elsewhere. The case concerns the approval of the UK’s scheme for the building of a new nuclear reactor, which involved a guaranteed price for the electricity produced for a number of years. Recently, AG Hogan’s Opinion was released.

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Julian Nowag, The EU Advocate General Hogan releases its opinion on State aid for a new nuclear power plant in the UK (Hinkley Point C), 7 May 2020, e-Competitions May 2020, Art. N° 95951

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