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European Commission increases Slovakia's carbon emissions limit

The European Commission has increased Slovakia's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions limit for 2008-2012 to 32.6 million tonnes, the SITA newswire wrote. That is 1.7 million tons more than the original emissions cap.

The European Commission has increased Slovakia's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions limit for 2008-2012 to 32.6 million tonnes, the SITA newswire wrote. That is 1.7 million tons more than the original emissions cap.

The European Commission reported on its website on December 7 that it adopted the proposed changes to Slovakia's national plan for CO2 emissions quotas for 2008-2012 within the EU emissions trade system (EU ETS).

Slovakia filed a lawsuit in February after the European Union executive cut the country's proposed CO2 emissions limit by 25 percent to 30.9 million tons. The country had sought a quota of 41.26 million tons.

Reuters cited Slovak Justice Minister Štefan Harabin as saying that the lawsuit had served its purpose and was successful.

"We are now thoroughly considering the possibility of retracting the lawsuit against the European Commission,” he said. “However, the government will have to decide on such a step."

Slovakia had argued that its emissions cap was based on an incorrect projection of nuclear electricity production in 2008-2012, which had led to an overall cut in its allowance.

The Slovak Environment Ministry said in its reaction that the approved increase does not cover Slovakia’s needs. In efforts to reach an out-of-court settlement, Slovakia demanded an increase of at least five million tonnes annually.

-SITA

Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports

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