German Government Just Sued the EU Commission

Mar 04 2014 Published by under European and German energy law

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.

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.

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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