At its session on June 18, the Cabinet passed a draft revision to the Energy Industry Law, submitted by the chairman of the parliamentary committee
for economic policy, Maroš Kondrót (Smer). The draft sets out rules for issuing a certificate so that an investment plan complies with the long-term energy policy concept, the SITA newswire wrote. The revision is aimed at increasing security in electricity and gas supplies. Aside from this, it harmonises Slovak law with EU legislation.
In May this year, the Union of Regional Associations of Owners of Non-State Forests in Slovakia (URZVNLS) pointed out that the law on the energy industry from 1957 did not oblige operators of electricity, gas and water distribution networks to agree with owners of land the terms of operating these systems. They also noted that the current draft revision does not solve these issues. They point out that business groups which operate in the electricity, water, and gas markets are making a profit; however, they can use the private property of forest-owners free of charge, thus decreasing the competitiveness of forestry companies. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Jun 2008 at 18:00