European courts settle cross-border spat over siting of nuclear plant

Land owners in Austria have no legal recourse to stop the activity of a nuclear plant across the border in the Czech Republic.

Austria's Land Oberösterreich, a regional government that manages land within its province, tried to seek compensation for the problems that increased levels of radiation would pose to the operations of an agricultural college it manages.

If the nuclear facility had been in Austria, there are clear processes that could have been followed to apply for compensation.

But the European Court of Justice ruled against the Austrian application, saying that the Czech authorities had followed all necessary pan-European procedures to the letter and the facility was legally sited.

The full report can be found here: Judgement in Case C-155/08 Land Oberösterreich vs ČEZ

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