EU leaders in Bratislava today for energy talks

Today Bratislava will be the venue for a summit of Visegrad 4 governments and also heads of state from Germany, Austria and Ukraine.

The summit marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the V4 grouping (Poland, Slovakia, Czech R., and Hungary) and will focus chiefly on energy issues, eurozone concerns and also the Hungarian chair of the European Union.

In addition to Czech PM Petr Necas, Polish PM Donald Tusk and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Slovakia will also welcome German chancellor Angela Merkel,  Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann and Ukrainian PM Mykola Azarov.

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova will lead the Slovak delegation at the summit, which environmental activists want to be devoted more to environmental protection.

The civil association ‘No Oil Pipeline Through Zitny Ostrov’, for instance, wants the planned Bratislava-Schwechat Pipeline to be discussed, especially because of the attendance of Austrian chancellor at the summit. They want the PM to make it clear that Slovakia will not agree with the pipeline through the protected Zitny Ostrov reserve.

Greenpeace also have their demands. They want more attention to be given to the issue of emission reductions and climate change.  This year the EU member states will decide whether to increase the percentage of emission reductions from 20% to 30% by 2020.

The V4 countries are all quite dependent on energy supplies from abroad, and so the activists are calling for the establishment of a safe and sustainable energy system.

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