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STOP PRESS: Comments on "State aid SA.34947 (2013/C) (ex 2013/N)—Investment Contract (early Contract for Difference) for the Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station: Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union". Sent 2014-03-23.

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At a meeting in London in February 2009, five of us discussed the question: "Can a legal case be made that subsidies for nuclear power should be removed, on the grounds that they create unfair competition for renewables?" In brief, the legal advice that we have received is that the answer to the question is, "yes", a case can certainly be made.

The first step in any legal action is to make a formal complaint to the European Commission about unlawful state aid for nuclear power.

The main reasons for making the complaint are:

  • Raising awareness of existing and proposed new subsidies for nuclear power.

  • Raising awareness amongst potential investors in nuclear power that the industry depends heavily on subsidies, that the subsidies are not set in concrete, and that they may be withdrawn at any time.

  • If the complaint is at least partially successful, some or all of the subsidies may be withdrawn.