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Energy prices could go up, contrary to government promise

Prime Minister Robert Fico promised Slovak citizens stable prices of gas and electricity, but his plans may change, the daily Pravda reported on September 25.

The Economy Ministry said if gas and electricity supplies are to remain stable, people have to pay more for them.

The Strategy for Slovakia's Energy Security draft, which lasts until 2030, indicates that the prices of gas will increase three percent annually as of 2008, which means that in 2013, gas will cost 20 percent more than it does now.

The price of electricity is expected go up by at least 10 percent by the end
of 2010.

Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek was against increasing of prices of gas and electricity last year, Pravda wrote.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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