According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, the European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, wants the builders of nuclear power stations to have access to the same level of funding as green energy producers.
The United Kingdom, France, Lithuania and the Czech Republic back the measure. The German government, however, is opposing it, because the initiative threatens to undermine the Federal Republic’s energy policy. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, Germany committed to closing all its nuclear power stations by the end of 2022.
But ”as the matter concerns competition rules, Berlin does not have an option to veto,” and ”the Commission will have the last word,” explains the daily.
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