States with green party representation in Germany are calling on the German government to take action against the prospect of the subsidisation of nuclear plants in the EU.

The move comes as legislation connected to the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant was recently added to the statute books. Austria and Luxembourg have both indicated they will launch official challenges to the European Commission decision within the timeframe for such actions in the coming weeks.

Schleswig-Holstein Climate Minister Robert Habeck
(below) is quoted in IWR website as saying that the construction of new nuclear power plants cannot be financed by public money.
 Schleswig-Holstein Climate Minister Robert HabeckMedia reports from Germany state that the application would be assisted by eight other states, including Hamburg, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Ministers and Senators note that public nuclear aid run counter to the European expansion targets for renewable energies. In the coming weeks the Bundestag is also set to receive relevant applications from others including Alliance 90 / The Greens and the Left Party.

Meanwhile Greenpeace Energy who are also finalising their challenge said they opposed ‘exorbitant’ subsidies for risky nuclear technology that distort competition in the European and German electricity market at the expense of renewables.

“It is time that the federal government finally flags this controversial nuclear project and the subsidization going on,” said Greenpeace Energy’s Sönke Tangerman. “This is why it is right and important that the debate about British nuclear aid has finally arrived in Germany at the top of the political agenda.”

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