Greenpeace Energy and nine German and Austrian utilities have made a formal challenge to the European Commission’s decision to approve a British plan to use state aid to facilitate the development of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in England.Tangermann

The group have charged that the European Commission has made “legal and procedural errors” when it approved the nuclear plant.

Soenke Tangermann, managing director of Greenpeace Energy, said the “comprehensive subsidy package” could “massively distort the European energy market”.

“We want the European Court of Justice to annul the commission’s decision because these exorbitant nuclear subsidies are an unlawful operational aid from our point of view,” he said. “They should never have been approved.”

The move comes in the wake of an official Austrian government challenge to the decision last week. Luxembourg also confirmed to Power Engineering International this week that they are preparing their challenge on the matter.

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