An in-depth investigation was launched by the European Commission in order to assess whether Spain's environmental incentive for coal power plants is in line with the European Union’s State aid rules.

“If you pollute, you pay – this is a long-standing principle in EU environmental law,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy. “EU State aid rules do not allow Member States to relieve companies of this responsibility using taxpayer money. We currently believe that...

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