The EU Court of Justice confirms the Commission’s approval of State aid for a nuclear energy plant (Hinkley Point C)

Hinkley Point C: ECJ Confirms Commission’s Approval of Aid to Nuclear Energy Plant* Months before the prospective final Brexit, the ECJ laid what is in all likelihood the last State aid milestone on the UK’s path out of the European Union – at the same time, the ECJ’s judgment in the „Hinkley Point C“ case (Case C-594/18 P Austria v Commission) is a farewell gift to the remaining Member States‘ energy policy. The judgment confirms a 2018 judgment by the General Court (Case T-356/15), which in turn upheld a Commission decision (no. 2015/658) allowing the UK government to provide long-term support to a nuclear energy plant in southern England. This decision sparked controversy and resistance, in particular from Austria (which does not have any nuclear energy plants in its territory).

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Dr. Corinne Rüchardt, The EU Court of Justice confirms the Commission’s approval of State aid for a nuclear energy plant (Hinkley Point C), 22 September 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 96931

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