Legitimate withdrawal of support for green electricity
The chairwoman of the Constitutional Court Ivetta Macejkova stated that the act anchors not only producers’ rights but also their obligations.
The Plenum of the Constitutional Court rejected the proposal submitted by 40 opposition MPs asking the court to rule that the article four of the amended Act on the Support for Renewable Energy Sources is in conflict with the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and international conventions. The chairwoman of the Constitutional Court Ivetta Macejkova stated that the amendment and contested provision are not in discrepancy with the Constitution. The act anchors not only producers’ rights but also their obligations. If these obligations are not fulfilled, producers face a penalty, which is legitimate. According to the Constitutional Court, there are several reasons of the public interest which justify a certain degree of indirect retroactivity and in this case it is acceptable in terms of the constitution.
Full story in Slovak: Odobratie podpory výrobcom zelenej elektriny nie je protiústavné
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Podľa ministerstva hospodárstva prioritou novely je zabezpečiť nákladovú efektívnosť pri minimálnom dosahu na koncové ceny energie.
A sum of 40 million euros has been set aside in the next year’s draft state budget for reducing electricity prices for energy-intensive companies instead of original sum of 80 million euros.
Na zníženie cien elektriny pre energeticky náročné podniky malo ísť 80 miliónov eur. V rozpočte sa zatiaľ počíta so sumou 40 miliónov eur.