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Environment Ministry says it will publish controversial contract

Environment Minister Ján Chrbet from the Slovak National Party intends to make public a controversial contract for the sale of excess carbon-dioxide emissions to a private company after Premier Robert Fico urged him to do so on April 25, the ministry said on April 29. With this in mind, the ministry has asked the company in writing for its consent to publish the contract, the TASR newswire wrote. “If Mr. Chrbet doesn't have any secrets to keep, let him publish the contract ... so that we can see to what extent people acted in accordance with the law,” said Fico on Saturday, April 25.

Environment Minister Ján Chrbet from the Slovak National Party intends to make public a controversial contract for the sale of excess carbon-dioxide emissions to a private company after Premier Robert Fico urged him to do so on April 25, the ministry said on April 29. With this in mind, the ministry has asked the company in writing for its consent to publish the contract, the TASR newswire wrote.

“If Mr. Chrbet doesn't have any secrets to keep, let him publish the contract ... so that we can see to what extent people acted in accordance with the law,” said Fico on Saturday, April 25.

The opposition SDKÚ-DS party has criticised the Environment Ministry for non-transparency when selling Slovakia's excess quotas to the Interblue Group, a company that was set up shortly before the purchase, and for agreeing to a significantly lower price than what was received by the governments of the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Chrbet further stated to TASR that the ministry has commissioned a legal analysis to prepare statutory tactics in the event it fails to obtain consent from the Interblue Group. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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