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Hinkley Point C Should Go Ahead

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Austrian Legal Challenge To Hinkley Point C Is Doomed To Fail And Will Not Stop This Much Needed Power Station Being Built Says GMB

UK Government can co-join the case and throw their weight behind the case for state aid and we call on them to do so says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, commented on the appeal lodged by Austria on 6th July at the European Court of Justice against the European Commission over its approval of the UK government’s plan for EDF to go ahead with Hinkley Point C.

Gary Smith, National Secretary for Energy, said "The Austrian legal challenge is almost certainly doomed to fail and will not stop this much needed power station being built.

This challenge is more about playing to a domestic audience rather than a serious challenge to stop new nuclear in the UK. GMB appreciate that Austria’s has historically been opposed to nuclear power. Following Chernobyl we understand that there were fears about other then Eastern Bloc reactors close to their border, such as Temelin and Dukovany in the Czech Republic, Bohunice in Slovakia and Paks in Hungary.

Of course the anti-nuclear lobby in the UK will welcome the challenge hoping it will help their policy of trying to "suffocate" investment.

The UK government should pledge to join with the European Commission to see off the legal challenge. We understand they could co-join the case and throw their weight behind the case for state aid and we call on them to do so.

Billions of pounds of investment in jobs and the future of low carbon electricity is at stake. We need to get on with the construction of this station as there is no requirement to await the outcome of the case.”


Contact: Gary Smith 07710 618909 or Phil Whitehurst 07966 338810 or Kathleen Walker Shaw 07841 181549 or GMB press office 079212 89880 or 07974 251 823


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