May 23, 2018 / 10:52 AM / 3 months ago

German cabinet agrees compensation for utilities due to nuclear exit

BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to grant compensation of up to around 1 billion euros to utilities RWE and Vattenfall for income lost due to the nuclear phase out, the environment ministry said.

The move follows a Constitutional Court ruling in 2016 which stated that a decision in 2011 to decommission nuclear power stations by the end of 2022 violated some property rights, clearing the way to compensation but leaving the amount open.

A draft law seen by Reuters was drawn up last month, stating that the amount would probably be in the high three-digit-million euros ballpark. (Reporting by Madeline Chambers Editing by Michael Nienaber)

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