The Euratom Treaty requires that developers of new nuclear power stations have to notify the Comission of any investment projects. Initially created to coordinate the Member States' research programmes for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Euratom Treaty today helps to pool knowledge, infrastructure and funding of nuclear energy.
EDF presented the necessary documentation to the Commission already in January 2010.
It is expected that the nuclear plant at Hinkley Point will provide energy to around 5 million householders. By now the UK has 19 operating reactors which provide about 18% of the UK’s electricity.