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Brussels opens probe into UK state aid for new nuclear plant
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A tractor mows a field on the site where EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England in this October 24, 2013 file photograph.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files
A tractor mows a field on the site where EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England in this October 24, 2013 file photograph. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files
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BRUSSELS: The European Commission on Wednesday said it had opened "an in-depth investigation" to see whether plans by the British government to subsidize a new £16-billion ($26-billion, 18.9-billion-euro) nuclear plant comply with state aid rules.

"When public money is spent to support companies, the Commission has the duty to verify that this is done in line with the EU state aid rules," it said in a statement.

Britain's coalition government in October signed a deal with French energy giant EDF to build two reactors at Hinkley Point C in southwestern England.

 
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