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Parliamentary questions
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28 October 2019
P-003477-19
Question for written answer P-003477-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jutta Paulus (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  The Czech Government's announcement of a possible breach of EC law

According to different news outlets, the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the European committee of the lower house of the Czech Parliament on 16 October that he wants to build more nuclear power plants, even if he has to break EC law(1).

It is not clear whether his statement referred to environmental impact assessments, the issue of state aid or other EU requirements.

In addition, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček recently mentioned in an interview that the government also wants to extend and expand the capacities of the outdated and unsafe Temelín power plant(2).

1. Will the Commission ensure that all existing EU regulations are upheld and that proper cross-border environmental impact assessments will be carried out for the construction or expansion of any nuclear power plant in Czechia?

2. Will it ensure that any state aid that is given to such a nuclear power plant meets EU requirements?

3. If a breach does occur, will the Commission start (accelerated) infringement procedures?

(1)https://www.reuters.com/article/us-czech-nuclear/czechs-must-build-nuclear-plants-even-if-in-breach-of-eu-law-says-pm-idUSKBN1WV1OG ; https://www.dpa-international.com/topic/czech-republic-expand-nuclear-power-necessary-breaking-eu-urn%3Anewsml%3Adpa.com%3A20090101%3A191016-99-325721
(2)https://www.idnes.cz/ekonomika/domaci/karel-havlicek-temelin-dukovany-jadro.A191015_507971_ekonomika_mato

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