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Cabinet will not challenge CO2 emissions ruling

THE SLOVAK government has decided not to challenge a European Commission (EC) ruling that sets the level of carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions at 30.5 million tonnes per year.

Several Slovak companies have argued that the level is set too low and will reduce the competitiveness of their plants.

Slovakia’s National Allocation Plan for 2005 to 2007 originally counted on a quota of 35.5 million tonnes, reported the daily SME.

The EC was proposed 26.1 million tonnes, said Environment Minister László Miklós, adding that the 30.5 million tonne figure was a compromise solution.

The Slovak companies that demanded a higher quota are unhappy with the compromise, saying the level set will adversely affect industry’s competitiveness and consequently employment.

"We are very disappointed with the cabinet's decision not to defend Slovak industry," said Ján Bača, spokesman for US Steel Košice, which is determined to fight for a higher quota.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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