24th March 2014

The EC Summit on EU environmental policy and the Czech stance

On 20 and 21 March, the European Council summit took place (see report). The Committee on European Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies discussed the Governmental stance prior to the summit. The Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka presented the Governmental stance that had been assumed at the previous meeting of the Government. The Government assumed that the EU should not harmonize the proportion of electric energy that should be produced from renewable sources. According to the Government, such provision would even hinder member state from diversifying their energy sources structure. The Deputies appreciate the Governmental stance with regard to the competitiveness of the Czech industry that would suffer from increasing prices of energy. They also appealed to the Government to harmonize the stance with other Visegrad countries. They also appreciate the governmental strive for acknowledging nuclear power as a renewable source of electric energy.

For further information, click here (CEA release), here (CEA Hansards), and here (EC summit conclusions).

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic