EU proposes fine over Slovakia’s landfill failures

The European Commission is taking Slovakia back to the Court of Justice for violating landfill rules. It is also proposing a minimum lump sum fine of €939,000 (£745k) and a daily fine of more than €6,700 (£5,316) which would be paid from the date of the ruling until Slovak authorities fully comply with EU law. […]

€15m fund for sustainable projects in Slovak Republic

A bank in the Slovak Republic is receiving funding worth €15 million (£10.95m) to support sustainable projects in the country. It will use the loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help private companies develop renewable and energy efficient projects. The EBRD states despite “significant” improvements in energy and greenhouse gas emissions […]

Slovakia lent €100m to upgrade gas networks

Slovakia has been granted a loan worth €100 million (£79.3m) to upgrade the nation’s gas distribution infrastructure. The Slovak Gas Distribution Company will use the cash to replace old pipelines, reconstruct stations and update key information technology systems and metering equipment. The upgrades will help the company meet the current “strict environmental and safety requirements”, […]

Slovakia and Ukraine sign gas supply deal

Slovakia has signed an agreement with Ukraine that will allow the European Union to send gas to the latter nation via Slovakia. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Slovakia will modernise the unused Vojany pipeline that will be capable of shipping around 22 million cubic meters of gas a day – or eight billion a […]

Hungary-Slovakia gas link to begin trials in 2014

A gas link more than 70 miles long connecting the networks of Hungary and Slovakia will begin trials in the middle of next year and start regular distribution in 2015 according to the Hungarian government. Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s State Secretary for external economics made the announcement following a meeting of the Hungary-Slovakia joint economic committee […]

V4 leaders call on EU to diversify energy sources

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia called for a diverse range of power sources in the EU, suggesting there should be “no discrimination” on the kinds of energy used. They showed their support for nuclear energy and said they expect the EU to help Central Europe increase its nuclear power capacity. The […]

Ukraine cuts gas imports by 35% this year

Ukraine has reduced its imports of natural gas by more than 35% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year. New figured from the State Statistics Service revealed the country imported 10,296 billion cubic metres of gas in the first six months this year, for which it paid $4.33 billion […]

Ukraine doubles gas imports from Europe

Ukraine has more than doubled its gas imports from Europe to five million cubic metres a day as it reduces imports from Russia. The figure is two and a half times more than the previous amount of two million cubic meters per day, according to Ukrtransgas, a Ukrainian gas transmission company. The boosted gas supply […]

Satellites improve solar panels’ energy

A Slovakian-based firm claims it has made technology which detects underperforming solar panels – using satellites. GeoModel Solar claims its solar tool uses solar modelling to improve solar panels’ energy production in Europe and South Africa. The firm says its system beats typical practices which use data from cheap sensors or nearby meteorological stations because […]