EU Commission Sued By German Government

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Originally published on the Lenz Blog.

The German government just announced that they have sued against the EU Commission decision to open a “state aid” procedure against the German feed-in tariff law.

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany.
Image via Noppasin/Shutterstock.

As discussed before on this blog, there are substantial disagreements. The EU Commission thinks that the German law qualifies as “state aid”, which would give the Commission the right to decide about German feed-in tariff policy. The German government disputes this.

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While the government is talking to the Commission and wants to get this disagreement solved by negotiations, they had to file the lawsuit since yesterday was the deadline to do so.

If these negotiations succeed, the German government can always retract the lawsuit. If in contrast they do not succeed because the Commission insists on overstepping their competence, this step leaves the option of getting this problem resolved in court.


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Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz

is a professor of German and European Law at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, blogging since 2003 at Lenz Blog. A free PDF file of his global warming science fiction novel "Great News" is available here.

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