On Wednesday, January 16, the Slovak Government agreed to withdraw its legal action against the European Commission (EC). The suit was lodged in protest of the decrease of emission quotas for Slovakia for 2008-2012 by more than 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The Cabinet decided to bring the lawsuit on January 24, 2007, as Slovakia required the quotas to be 41.3 million tonnes for 2008-2012 instead of the 30.9 million tones the EC allocated. The Slovak Justice Ministry filed a suit on February 7 to the European Court of Justice.
In December 2007 the EC decided to increase the overall emission quotas for Slovakia by 5.5 percent, which represents growth of 1.7 million tonnes per year. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have also filed suit against the EC on the same grounds. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Jan 2008 at 7:00