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SDKÚ files criminal complaint over sales of emissions quotas

Parliamentary MP from the SDKÚ party, Lucia Žitňanská, said on August 17 that she has filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor General's Office requesting an investigation into Slovakia's sale of greenhouse-gas emissions quotas on the charge of suspicions of criminal abuse of public office, the TASR newswire wrote.

Parliamentary MP from the SDKÚ party, Lucia Žitňanská, said on August 17 that she has filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor General's Office requesting an investigation into Slovakia's sale of greenhouse-gas emissions quotas on the charge of suspicions of criminal abuse of public office, the TASR newswire wrote.

The sales contract, signed by the Environment Ministry, has been soundly criticised by opposition parties for what they call unfavourable terms for Slovakia. Last year Slovakia sold 15 million tonnes of emissions quotas at €5.05 per tonne to a U.S.-based firm, Interblue Group.

Opposition leaders claim that this was far cheaper than sales negotiated by other countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, TASR wrote. In addition, questions have been raised about Interblue Group, which was established only shortly before the transaction.

Unfavourable terms, argued Žitňanská, are also evident from the fact that Prime Minister Robert Fico last week ordered Environment Minister Viliam Turský to stop implementing the agreement with the Interblue Group by all means possible. She noted that Turský has no way of getting out of the agreement without causing damage to Slovakia. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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