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SE asks state for permission to publish Gabčíkovo documents

SLOVAKIA’s largest electricity company, Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) has asked the state for permission to publish all the relevant documents concerning the operation of the Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant, as announced on SE’s website on December 22.

SLOVAKIA’s largest electricity company, Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) has asked the state for permission to publish all the relevant documents concerning the operation of the Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant, as announced on SE’s website on December 22.

“The Slovak public has the right to know the truth,” SE wrote, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Protocols from sessions, the three contracts, correspondence and auditor reports should all be made public,”

The request came on the heels of December 16 police raid on Enel’s headquarters in Bratislava. The police operation was allegedly related to the events around Gabčíkovo dam, TV JOJ reported. According to Police President Tibor Gašpar, police were only collecting documentary evidence, while nobody was detained.

Prime Minister Robert Fico earlier this month announced that the state would terminate the rental contract with SE on operating Gabčíkovo due to SE’s alleged failure to observe the contract.

An advertisement with the same content was also released in several daily newspapers on the same day. The company, whose majority owner is Italian concern Enel (66 percent), has also sent letters in the same spirit to state-run company Water Management Construction, relevant state bodies and an auditor, referring to the principles of transparency and fairness.

For its part, SE is ready to publish the contract for operating Gabčíkovo.

“So many deceptive and untrue claims have been made in this case that it has prompted SE to make the documents on Gabčíkovo available to the parties involved,” stated SE, as quoted by TASR.

Meanwhile, Water Management Construction, which has rented out Gabčíkovo to SE, claims that it consented to publishing the contract a week ago and at the time called on SE to do the same. This company only acts under the pressure of the public and the media, claims Water Management Construction.

“SE and Enel have shown again that they prefer costly advertisements to direct communication. Nevertheless, Water Management Construction views consent for publishing [the documents] as an excellent step, as the state has nothing to hide,” said Water Management Construction spokeswoman Diana Migaľová Baschierová, as quoted by TASR.

This latest manoeuvre will not cover up the fact that SE keeps refusing to provide data that would make it possible to examine the economic results posted by the running of Gabčíkovo, Migaľová Baschierová said.

Source: SE, TASR

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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