The group says subsidies to the nuclear industry are currently unrestricted by EU treaty rules, but that electricity liberalisation means the Commission should be scrutinising them in the same way as other energy industries such as coal. It said the Commission should pay particular attention to indirect subsidies such as the civil liability guarantee, which it said was "effectively free accident cover."
The letter was sent ahead of a meeting with member state officials in Brussels today to discuss state aids for environmental protection. The Commission is due to propose a revised set of guidelines by June. The Greens claim these will include "unnecessary restrictions" on the state support for renewable energy projects. Green group co-president Heidi Hautala said the controls were "wrong in any case, but even worse when the state aids being granted to nuclear power are being completely ignored by the Commission."
European Parliament, tel: +32 2 284 2111; Green/EFA Group, tel: +32 2 284 5683.
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