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Competition complaint from Germany to European Commission

German renewables association Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie (BEE) dispatched a formal complaint to the EU's competition commissioner, Mario Monti, on June 6. The complaint accuses Monti's director general, Alexander Schaub of "legally incorrect" and "disloyal" behaviour towards Germany's constitutional institutions and "damaging activities" in relations to the renewables sector. In an eight page document, BEE catalogues the history of Schaub's intervention on renewables legislation and his apparent close connections with utility Preussenelektra, which has consistently opposed Germany's premium payments for renewables. In even stronger terms BEE also complains about Schaub's recommendation in April that it was "imperative" for Germany's new renewables law, the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG), be called in for investigation as to its legitimacy. The competition directorate is proceeding against Germany for failing to notify the EU of the new law. "In our view, it is unacceptable that legislation put into effect by German constitutional institutions should be continually brought into question over a period of years by a single commission official," states BEE's Johannes Lackmann. Indirectly, the organisation asks for Schaub to be removed from his post.

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