14 October 2013 
Slovakian Parliamentary Workshop
Organized by: EUFORES
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Venue: Parliament of Slovakia

EUFORES held a national Parliamentary workshop in the Slovakian Parliament. The workshop touched uponthe solar tax and generation tariff that are currently under discussion in Slovakia. Many Slovakian Parliamentarians and national stakeholders discussed this issue as well as the general renewables implementation of Slovakia to reach their 2020 target. Speakers at this workshop came from various sectors in order to present a balanced picture of the situation and to get all voices heared on these topics.

After the workshop was opened by Jan Geiss, EUFORES Secretary General, the parliamentary host Jan Hudacky, Chairman of the Committee on Economy Affairs in the Slovak Parliament, held a welcome speech in which he briefly introduced the Slovak renewable energy policy. According to him, biomass conveys the greatest potential of all RES sources in Slovakia and can be competitive to fossil fuels as wel can help reduce the gas heating dependency.

The European Commission was represented by Ruta Baltause (DG Energy) who announced that the European Commission will publish a Communication on public intervention very soon. The communication should support Member States in finding a good approach in RES support schemes. With regard to the Slovak RES energy sector, Ruta pointed out a lack of synergies and cooperation mechanisms in Slovakia. According to Juraj Novak from Ministry of Economy who presented a set of existing and planned RES measures, Slovakia hopes to rely a lot on structural funds in the next period.

Christian Panzer from Energy Economics Group had a very close look into the Slovak RES trajectory and strongly recommended stable framework conditions with regard to the financial support. Jan Gadus (Energy Agency Nitra) and Pavel Simon (Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry) focused more on specific sectors of big potential in Slovakia. Jaroslav Jadus from the Chamber of RES users and producers supported the idea of informing the society about the benefits of renewable energy sources and fighting RES myths. The workshop was closed with a discussion round between the panelists and participants.

Please find the workshop presentations on the conference website link below.