Chunks of a Ministry of Environment–piloted bid to reward Czech power companies, primarily state-controlled ČEZ, with free carbon emissions allowances in return for investments in cleaner electricity production have been rejected by Brussels officials with another problem stemming from concerns that Czech bid will excessively boost ČEZ’s market position.
Ukrainian media report an Israeli firm that won a tender to dispose of highly toxic waste from a Soviet-era plant outside Kiev got permission from ‘Czech authorities’ to transport the unprecedentedly large consignment for disposal here — but the Czech Enivronment Ministry knows nothing about it. Czech Position has learnt that a UK firm is also involved in the possibly illegal transfer of waste containing beryllium.
Czech Position has obtained the minutes from a meeting between representatives of the European Commission and two Czech ministries. Brussels has set nine tasks for the country to fulfill; otherwise EU funds will be withheld. The conditions include providing EU officials with information from the police investigation into EU fund misuse by the suspended head of the council for the Northwest region.
Public Affairs (VV) reckons it has been shortchanged of ministerial posts since two of its ministers were forced out of the Cabinet following recent scandals. It is now seeking to make up the deficit and allegedly has the Environment Ministry in its sights. The likely VV candidate for the post is the mayor of the northern town of in Litvínov, Milan Šťovíček, for whom it seems no one has a bad word.