Opposition Slovak and Democratic Union (SDKÚ) MP Pavol Frešo said on August 4 that Prime Minister Robert Fico can't defend the government’s disadvantageous sale of Slovakia’s carbon dioxide emissions quota forever, and that the sale will have to be cancelled sooner or later.
Frešo said that Fico’s answers to his questions about the sale of the quotas – submitted in a letter on June 26 – are "mere excuses". The MP said he wants people to know whether or not the emission quotas were sold for as much as they could have been.
The prime minister responded that he had nothing to do with the emissions quota sales, which were carried out by the Environment Ministry. Frešo said that "proof that the sale was disadvantageous is everywhere". According to Frešo, the prime minister should either provide evidence for his claim that the sale was advantageous, or should back off so that appropriate steps can be taken. He added that Fico didn't even answer the question of how much of the quota was sold. "We still don't know if further emissions were sold and the premier says he has got nothing to do with it," Frešo told the TASR newswire.
Slovakia is believed to have sold 15 million tonnes of its CO2 emissions quotas to an obscure company, Interblue Group, whose registered headquarters is a lock-up garage in the USA, for €5.05 per tonne. The Czech Republic and Hungary recently sold blocks of emissions quotas directly to other states' governments for twice as much as Slovakia sold its quotas to Interblue.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Aug 2009 at 10:00