Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria lodged a legal complaint with the European Court of Justice yesterday (22 February) against the EU’s approval of the expansion of a nuclear plant in neighbouring Hungary. The approval, granted by the European Commission in March, would allow the expansion of the Paks nuclear plant outside the Hungarian capital Budapest with a €10 billion Russian loan. The plant is Hungary’s only nuclear facility and supplies around 40% of its electricity needs. “For our nature, our environment and our unique landscape, we must take up this David and Goliath struggle,” sustainability minister Elisabeth Koestinger said in a statement, confirming the launching of the complaint at the Court of Justice of the European Union. “Nuclear energy must have no place in Europe. We will not budge one centimetre from this position!” she added. In its decision the European Commission judged that the project met EU rules on state aid, but Austria disputes this.
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