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Slovakia and EC at odds over emissions

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

Slovak 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 talks was to inform the commissioner of Slovakia's opinion of the EC's decision, which didn't take into consideration several fundamental issues. The most important is the closing of two blocks at the nuclear power station at Jaslovské Bohunice," said Višváder, adding that Slovakia would be forced to replace the shortfall in nuclear energy by an increased reliance on fossil fuels.

According to Višváder, the minister told the commissioner that Slovakia would take all available means to have the decision reversed, including taking its case to the European Court.

The Slovak government will decide at its January 24 session whether to 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, i.e. by January 29.

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