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Opposition proposal fails: emissions agreement to remain

An agreement between the Slovak government and the InterBlue Group for sale of Slovakia's surplus emission quotas will not be cancelled, following the failure of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party to get a proposal to that effect added to the agenda of the 39th parliamentary session starting on Tuesday, June 16.

An agreement between the Slovak government and the InterBlue Group for sale of Slovakia's surplus emission quotas will not be cancelled, following the failure of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party to get a proposal to that effect added to the agenda of the 39th parliamentary session starting on Tuesday, June 16.

The SKDÚ’s proposal for a parliamentary resolution recommending that the government cancel the contract did not win enough support among MPs. Another of its proposals went the same way when MPs did not approve talks to oblige the government to submit a detailed report on how the emissions were sold. The two opposition proposals came in reaction to Environment Minister Viliam Turský's disclosure of the controversial agreement in full on June 15.

According to the agreement, Slovakia sold 15 million tonnes of carbon-dioxide quotas for €5.05 per tonne, the TASR wrote. The agreement, which was signed by InterBlue Group manager Jana Lutken, also gave the company the right to buy up all further surplus carbon-dioxide quotas from Slovakia until the time that the contract is terminated. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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