Spanish coal aid plan put on hold


On the basis of article 105, para. 2 of the rules of procedure of the General Court, the president of the Court ordered, on a provisional basis, the suspension of the execution of the Commission decision challenged in cases T-484/10 Gas Natural Fenosa / Commission, T-486/10 Iberdrola /Commission and T-490/10 Endesa / Commission. The order on the application for an interim measure itself will be given on a further date. The text of the order is not published on the Curia website. The result is that the Spanish government is temporarily prevented from implementing its plan to subsidise the use of domestically produced coal in electricity generation, a plan approved by a Commission decision of September 2010. The aid plan became law in October 2010 and requires generators to buy a certain amount of Spanish-mined coal annually till 2014. The court will decide within a couple of months whether to issue a full injunction and launch an investigation, requested by Spanish generators, a court spokesperson told ENDS Daily.

See also ENDS Daily of 4 November 2010 and PennEnergy