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Slovak environment minister releases no additional info on Interblue Group

Slovak Environmental Minister Viliam Turský has still refused to tell Prime Minister Robert Fico who serves as the authorised representative of Interblue Group, the company which bought Slovakia’s excess CO2 emissions quotas reportedly for a half or even one-third of the price at which the Czech Republic and Hungary sold theirs, the SITA newswire wrote. Interblue Group also has first option to purchase Slovakia’s excess quotas until 2012.

Slovak Environmental Minister Viliam Turský has still refused to tell Prime Minister Robert Fico who serves as the authorised representative of Interblue Group, the company which bought Slovakia’s excess CO2 emissions quotas reportedly for a half or even one-third of the price at which the Czech Republic and Hungary sold theirs, the SITA newswire wrote. Interblue Group also has first option to purchase Slovakia’s excess quotas until 2012.

“The Prime Minister has exactly the same information that I have published and nothing more,” Turský said after a government cabinet session on June 3, SITA wrote.

After he became minister in May, Turský published the contract with Interblue Group, but data concerning the amount, volume of emission sold and the name of the company’s representative were blanked out.

PM Fico said on Saturday, May 30 to Slovak Radio that he would ask Turský for this information as he saw no reason to conceal the name of the representative.

“Based on the Act on Freedom of Information and the Act on Protection of Personal Data, we had the right to whiten it out,” Turský said on May 3, adding that the buyer would have to agree with publication of these pieces of information. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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