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SaS loses bid to drop gas price legislation from parliament’s agenda
3 May 2012 Flash News
Lawmakers will deal with an amendment to the Commercial Code prepared by Smer MPs Andrej Kolesík and Maroš Kondrót at their second parliamentary session in this election term after the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party failed in an attempt to drop this amendment from the agenda, the SITA newswire wrote, adding that not all opposition MPs supported SaS’ proposal.
SaS stated that this particular draft cannot be discussed at the May session because it believes it was delivered to parliament’s filing room after the April 17 deadline, arguing that the e-mail notification date when lawmakers received the amendment is the appropriate date.
The Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Paška, told the SITA newswire that the amendment was received on time, stressing that the clear evidence is the seal from the filing room and also information from the Central Electronic Register.
If the amendment to the Commercial Code is approved, then proposals for changing the price for natural gas will not be decided by the Board of Directors of SPP, the country’s utility, in which shareholders Gaz de France and German E.ON Ruhrgas hold a majority of seats, but rather by a general meeting of shareholders where the state controls a majority of shares.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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