EC happy with implementation of Temelin agreement

26-02-2001

On a related note, the European Commission is apparently satisfied with the implementation of the environmental impact study at Temelin, agreed on by the Austrian and Czech governments in December last year. According to unnamed sources, the fulfilment of the agreement is creating trust between the two countries, and should lead to the completion of the energy chapter of legislation in Czech EU accession talks. During the height of demonstrations against Temelin last autumn, Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel had threatened to block this chapter, thereby blocking Czech membership of the EU. According to Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, all of the problems souring relations between the Czechs and the Austrians should be resolved by the end of the year.