Slovakia Says EU’s Proposed Climate Goals Unacceptable
Slovakia cannot agree with the European Commission’s proposed climate and energy goals that target a 40 percent cut in carbon emissions reductions and increased use of renewable power, Prime Minister Robert Fico was quoted as saying on Monday.
The European Union will debate its 2030 goals at summits in March and June, ahead of formal legislative proposals expected early next year.
Fico said Europe could not be the world’s leader in climate protection at the cost of losing competitiveness with other parts of the world.
“We cannot, for example, agree with the Commission’s goal of a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gases. We cannot agree that a set specific amount of electricity energy should be produced from renewable sources,” Slovak news agency TASR quoted Fico as saying.
“We maintain that a market with so-called free emission allowances must exist.”
He added that other countries, including members of central Europe’s Visegrad group, were discussing a common stance.
Fico made the comments after meeting the head of U.S. Steel Kosice, one of Slovakia’s biggest heavy industry firms and its largest private employer, providing some 11,000 jobs.
The Slovak government agreed last year to support its operations to avoid the firm’s departure.
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