Slovak President vetoes revised Thermal Energy Bill

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič vetoed and returned the amended Thermal Energy Bill back to parliament. The president objects to the fact that the amended bill is to change the obligation of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) to cancel the license of an entity to do business in the heating sector in cases stipulated by law into a mere possibility of the Office to decide on cancellation of the license, omitting thedefinition of specific cases.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič vetoed and returned the amended Thermal Energy Bill back to parliament. The president objects to the fact that the amended bill is to change the obligation of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) to cancel the license of an entity to do business in the heating sector in cases stipulated by law into a mere possibility of the Office to decide on cancellation of the license, omitting the
definition of specific cases.

The decision of the authority to withdraw the license on the account of violation of regulations or conditions set by the law should not be based
on the office's assessment, for example, the office's subjective opinion, the SITA newswire wrote on March 29. Therefore, the president wants the Parliament to leave in the bill’s wording, also, the definition of specific cases in which the office may strip the holder of its license. The amended bill also introduces a definition of centralized heat delivery.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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