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Czech diplomats in Brussels deal with ČEZ problems in Bulgaria

22 February 2013

Brussels, Feb 21 (CTK) - Czech diplomats in Brussels are dealing with the situation concerning the problems of energy giant CEZ in Bulgaria where CEZ faces the danger of being stripped of its licence and many EC members have already been provided relevant information.

"The Czech Republic has at the government level called the attention of EC members to the events linked with company CEZ in Bulgaria; namely EU Energy Commissioner (Guenther) Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Competition [Joaquin] Almunia and Commissioner (Stefan) Fuele," Czech ambassador to the EU Martin Povejsil said in a statement for Czech journalists today.

"Trade Commissioner (Karl) De Gucht and Commissioner for Internal Market (Michel) Barnier have been informed in a similar way," he added.

Bulgaria faces a serious internal political crisis. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov resigned on Wednesday due to the situation accompanied by massive demonstrations in reaction to high electricity prices.

Borisov on Tuesday announced that CEZ's licence would be withdrawn and Bulgarian regulator then started a process which can lead to this step.

The Czech government as well as CEZ, in which the state holds a majority, several times expressed the conviction that CEZ broke neither Bulgarian laws nor EU directives.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has called on the Czech government to react to the situation resolutely. The developments in Bulgaria are a political struggle in which CEZ was used as one of the tools, Klaus said on Wednesday.

Czech first deputy foreign minister Jiri Schneider is dealing with the situation around CEZ in Brussels. "The Czech diplomacy, of course, is also involved even when not all its steps are and can be visible in the media," Povejsil added.

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