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Slovakia and EC at odds over decreasing emission quotas

SLOVAKIA does not agree with the EC's November 29 decision to reduce the 2008-2012 emissions allocation of CO2 for Slovakia from the suggested 41.3 million tonnes per year to only 30.9 million tonnes per year, said ministry spokesman Peter Višváder on January 15.

Slovakia's Environment Minister Jaroslav Izák (SNS) met the European Commissioner for the Environment, Stavros Dumas, in Brussels on that day to discuss the issue.

"The purpose of the negotiation was to inform the commissioner about Slovakia's opinion of the EC's decision, which hasn't taken into consideration several fundamental issues. The most important one is the closing of two blocks at the nuclear power station in Jaslovské Bohunice," said Višváder, adding that Slovakia would replace the decrease in nuclear energy by an increased reliance on fossil fuels.

According to Višváder, the minister informed the commissioner about Slovakia's serious need to try to have the decision reversed by all possible and available means, including filing a suit before the European Court.

Slovakia's government will decide at its January 24 session whether it will file a suit or not. If the cabinet decides to do so, it will have to take action within two months of the EC's decision.

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