Skip to content

Follow us

Join us Opens in a new window Donate
Return to mob menu

Document | 7th June 2021

Letter to DG Competition: Observations on the German lignite opening decision
Document
Climate
Fossil fuels
State aid for a decarbonised Europe
Europe
EU
Germany

PDF | 460 kb

Download Item

Letter to DG Competition: Observations on the German lignite opening decision

In light of the decision to open a formal investigation procedure, ClientEarth has sent a letter to the European Commission to raise further concerns about the compensations to German lignite operators. The lawyers say that the compensations must be qualified as state aid, that there is no need for this support in the uncompetitive and unprofitable lignite sector, and that there is no incentive effect. Furthermore, it remains unclear how the amounts were calculated and all attempts to do so lead to the conclusion that they are grossly disproportionate. There are strong indications that the payments result in a violation of the ‘polluter pays’ principle and a distortion of the market.

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. You can read our privacy policy here.

Click 'Continue' if you consent to use all non-essential cookies.