EU Won’t Favor Nuclear-Power State Aid, Almunia Spokesman Says

The European Union denied reports it has plans to encourage nuclear-power aid as it weighs whether to include specific provisions to assess this type of energy support in future guidelines.

“Contrary to media reports, the European Commission has no plans to encourage state aid for nuclear power or to make it easier for member states to grant such aid,” Antoine Colombani, EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s spokesman, said today in a blog post. “Each member state is free to define the role it intends to give (or not to give) to nuclear power in its energy mix.”

Germany has embarked on a plan to phase out nuclear power by 2022 while the U.K. is in talks with Electricite de France SA over moves to build two new nuclear reactors.

The commission will seek views later this year before adopting energy-aid guidelines in 2014.

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