Unsettled privatization of Slovenske Elektrarne still haunts
Italian Enel and the state failed to settle privatisation of a 66-percent stake in Slovenske Elektrarne after almost ten years. This fact can play an important role in the sale of Slovenske Elektrarne.
Exclusive negotiations between Italian Enel and Czech energy group Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding (EPH) on the sale of a majority 66-percent stake in Slovenske Elektrarne are ongoing. They have lasted for more than a month. It is yet unclear how the sale of a Slovak dominant electricity producer will end. One thing is certain. The state and Italian Enel must settle privatization from 2006 when the state retained a 34-percent stake in Slovenske Elektrarne. They agreed in the privatization process that once transaction documents are concluded, they will take a close look at Slovenske Elektrarne’s final value. This means whether the state will return a part of the purchase price of 840 million euros to Italians, or Italian investor will pay an additional sum for the power utility. Although there were a number of proposals on the table by both sides, no agreement has been reached after almost a decade.
Full Story in Slovak: Nevyrovnaná privatizácia elektrární stále straší