Slovakia’s support of the EU goals meets little public attention

There has not been any real pub­lic debate on glob­al cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions fol­low­ing the results of the cli­mate con­fer­ence in Copen­hagen. Slo­va­kia has focused on oth­er pub­lic pol­i­cy chal­lenges and in 2010 Prime Min­is­ter Fico’s gov­ern­ment even decid­ed to abol­ish the Min­istry of Envi­ron­ment and merge it with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture. The forth­com­ing coali­tion gov­ern­ment, led by Prime Min­is­ter Ive­ta Radičová, already indi­cat­ed that it would pre­serve the Min­istry of Environment.

Dur­ing the nego­ti­a­tions in Copen­hagen, Slo­va­kia fol­lowed the EU man­date for nego­ti­a­tions and strong­ly endorsed the EU’s red lines. Slo­va­kia also pledged about 9 mil­lion Euros toward financ­ing mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion efforts in devel­op­ing coun­tries.11Euractiv.sk: Hele­na Prin­cová: V Kodani vládne “roz­pačitá atmos­féra”, 15 Decem­ber 2009, avail­able at: http://www.euractiv.sk/zivotne-prostredie/interview/helena-princova-v-kodani-vladne-rozpacita-atmosfera-014151 (last access: 29 June 2010).

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

The EU-27 Watch No. 9 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.