Ministers voted on March 29 to approve a draft amendment to the Act on Regulation in Network Industries. They also gave the green light to the proposal for parliament to deal with the draft amendment in a fast-tracked legislative proceeding, the Hospodárske noviny daily wrote.
Lawmakers should have the draft on the agenda at the ongoing session. The amendment boosts the position of the government in the activities and control of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO). According to the amendment, the ÚRSO chairman will no longer hold the top post at the Regulation Council which serves as the control and appeals body. Members of the Regulation Council will select their head from among themselves and the head of state will appoint him/her.
The change was caused by a tussle between the ÚRSO head Jozef Holjenčík (who later resigned) and the cabinet represented by Prime Minister Robert Fico beginning in 2017, concerning the changed prices of electric power for end users.