European Court puts Spanish coal-aid plan on hold

Using rarely-exercised powers, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday issued an injunction temporarily preventing the Spanish government from implementing its controversial plan to subsidise the use of domestically produced coal in electricity generation.

The court will decide “within two to three months” whether to issue a full injunction and launch an investigation, requested by Spanish generators, into the European Commission’s decision in September to approve the aid plan, an ECJ spokesman told ENDS. An investigation “could last years” the spokesman added.

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