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German Court rules that government must review compensation for exit from nuclear power

German Court Demands Gov’t Review Compensation for Nuclear Exit, Courthouse News, November 12, 2020 FRANKFURT , Germany (AFP) — Germany’s highest court said Thursday the government must  revise the terms of compensation paid to energy companies forced to switch out of nuclear power, calling current arrangements “unreasonable.”

Ruling on a case brought by Swedish group Vattenfall, the constitutional court took aim at a payout condition set by Berlin in 2018 that would essentially require energy companies to make the change first before knowing how much compensation they would receive.

Judges in Karlsruhe urged the government to “revise the regulation as soon as possible”, saying the 2018 amendment to nuclear energy legislation, which is still not in force, was tainted by irregularities.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, which had earlier championed atomic power, decided after the Fukushima disaster to immediately close eight of Germany’s oldest nuclear plants and to shutter the other nine by 2022.
 “What is unreasonable here is that the plaintiffs cannot know at the point

 of negotiations what kind of conditions they must accept, and the regulation
 therefore requires them to either accept potentially unreasonable conditions
 or risk leaving empty handed,” said the court.While the ruling would not disrupt the timetable for the end to atomic power, it could complicate the exit due to complete in 2022……

Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said the government respects the decision, and that it will “thoroughly analyse the ruling and swiftly initiate a legal regulation that meets the requirements of the court.”  https://www.courthousenews.com/german-court-demands-govt-review-compensation-for-nuclear-exit/

November 14, 2020 - Posted by | Germany, Legal

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