The European Commission announced on Monday it was investigating Spain’s use of public money to help coal-fired power plants reduce pollution, citing a potential breach of EU state aid rules.
The EU executive said it was concerned that Spain had given some power producers an unfair competitive advantage. All coal power stations are required to limit their emissions of harmful particulates by using costly sulphur oxide filters under the bloc’s Large Combustion Plants (LCP) Directive introduced in 2001.
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