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Czech Republic Postponed the Ratification of the Association Agreement with EU

Czech parliament postponed the ratification of the Association Agreement with the EU. The reason is the company “Energo-Pro`s” dispute with the state of Georgia –  Rustavi TV company reports.

The Czech local press reported that the energy distribution company, which is one of the major players in the Czech market, would possibly bear up to 60 million dollars damage. This is the amount the Georgian side charges the company.

Czech Foreign Minister told the local press that theof state resources were under threat. According to Lubimir Zaorálek, this was the reason for blocking  the ratification of Georgia-EU Association Agreement. The ratification in the Czech parliament has already been delayed for  6 months.

The government does not speak about the reason for asking the money from “Energo-Pro is” . Neither does the Ministry of Energy and “Energy-Pro” itself.

Czech Senator, MEP Jaromir Stetina compared this topic to useless crossfire.

“It becomes a useless  crossfire. We know that “Energy-Pro” is a solid company, so it”s not clear why the repressive measures are taken against it; on the other hand, the fate of the Association Agreement should not be threatened because of a particular trade deal , “said Jaromir Stetina.

Discussion of the issue was to begin tomorrow, but lawmakers postponed the ratification process for April 1.