The cabinet at its regular meeting today is to decide on a natural gas price rise, suggested by the Economy Ministry as almost 20% from October 1; however, several leftist coalition parties have vowed to fight the rise. The increase, which would bring the price Slovaks pay to within 72% of the real price of the gas, is seen as key in the run up to SPP’s privatisation, where any consumer price lower than 90% of the purchase price will lower the attractiveness of the utility for potential bidders and thus may lower the price bid for the 49% SPP stake on offer by as much as 12 billion crowns.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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19. Sep 2001 at 8:38