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Gabčíkovo to operate under new statutes

Gabriel Jenčík, the Slovak government’s proxy for the construction and operation of the Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros water works (SVD), will adhere to a new legal arrangement that the Government approved on November 14. The current statutes have been in force since 1979.

As well as Slovakia’s status as an independent state since 1993, the reason for the change is a verdict by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in 1997. The proxy's activities are controlled by the Vice-PM for a knowledge-based society, European affairs, human rights and minorities (Dušan Čaplovič), while in terms of organisation, it falls under the purview of the Environment Ministry.

Annually, Sk8 million (€241,000) goes into securing the monitoring of the impact of Gabčíkovo's operations on the surrounding natural environment, and Sk3 million goes to the delegation's activities. Another Sk6 million goes for the proxy's activities.

The agreement on SVD Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros's construction and operation was signed between Czechoslovakia and Hungary on September 16, 1977. However, after 1989, Hungary backed out of the construction and in 1992 it backed out of the agreement as well. The International Court of Justice in the Hague on September 25, 1997 decided, among other things, that Hungary wasn't entitled to suspend the works on the Nagymaros project. Therefore, a Hungarian declaration from May 1992 on ending the agreement was invalid.

If the parties don't reach an agreement, Hungary will have to compensate the Czech Republic and Slovakia for damages that resulted from the project being suspended and abandoned. Slovakia, on the other hand, should settle the damage that was done as a consequence of introducing its alternative, which left out Nagymaros. Slovakia inherited the stand-off when it became independent. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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