Coal phase-out: Commission investigates legality of German plans

The European Commission has opened an investigation into Germany’s multi-billion-euro plan to compensate lignite operators for closing early, saying it “has doubts that the measure is in line with EU state aid rules”.

by Simon Pickstone
Lignite: Commission’s “preliminary view” is that Germany’s scheme “is likely to constitute state aid” (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)
Lignite: Commission’s “preliminary view” is that Germany’s scheme “is likely to constitute state aid” (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

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