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Hungary faces state aid investigation over Paks II project

New Nuclear

23 November 2015

The European Commission announced today that it has opened an in-depth state aid investigation into Hungary's plans to provide financing for the construction of two new nuclear power reactors in Paks. The Commission has also launched an infringement procedure against Hungary as regards the Paks II project, because it "has concerns regarding the compatibility of the project" with EU public procurement rules.

Areva deal helps fuel Energoatom's European progress


04 November 2015

Areva-Energoatom November 2015 - 48Energoatom, Ukraine's nuclear power plant operator, has highlighted its progress in working closely with European companies and institutions since opening an office in Brussels a year ago. The latest evidence of this is the signing announced today of an agreement with French engineering firm Areva.

EU nuclear trade body calls for 100 new reactors by 2050

Energy and Environment

05 October 2015

The European Union should maintain at least the current capacity of nuclear generation up to and beyond 2050, entailing the commissioning of more than 100 nuclear power reactors over the next 35 years, Foratom said 2 October. This target would deliver 122 GWe of nuclear capacity between 2025 and 2045.

Hungary repeats 2018 target date for Paks II project

New Nuclear

18 November 2015

Hungary still expects to start construction of its Paks II nuclear power plant though it has yet to receive confirmation from the European Commission that the project meets the bloc's procurement rules. Attila Aszódi, the government commissioner responsible for Paks II, told reporters in Budapest yesterday that a site licence is expected to be issued in 2016, with a construction permit to follow in 2017.

European approval for UK waste disposal charges

Waste and Recycling

09 October 2015

The pricing methodology for waste transfer contracts between the UK government and operators of new nuclear power plants meets European state aid rules, the European Commission has concluded.

Court leaves Swedish nuclear tax unchanged

Nuclear Policies

01 October 2015

Oskarshamn (OKG)_48Sweden can continue to tax nuclear power production following a ruling in the government's favour by Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice's seventh chamber decided that the tax does not fall within the scope of two European Council Directives and is therefore a national, rather than European Commission, matter.