Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic has said that it is logical to expect that Croatia's new energy strategy will jettison plans to build a coal-fired block within the exiting Plomin thermal power plant.
"Croatia needs to draw up a new energy strategy. Thus, the existing strategy, prepared in 2009, envisages large plants using imported coal. This hardly fits or doesn't fit at all into the European Union's new energy policy and it is logical to expect that our new energy strategy will abandon such a project (the Plomic C block)," Dobrovic said in Zagreb on Saturday.
Asked by reporters after a round table discussion whether Croatia had received any hints to that effect from the European Commission, Dobrovic said that Brussels had sent only a notice that "an investigation will be launched regarding state subsidies for that type of energy".
"Our position is that a new energy strategy should be formulated soon, in light of the fact that we have a new European energy policy which is focused on increasing renewable sources, energy efficiency and gas emission reduction, and facilities such as Plomin C cannot fit into it," the minister said.
Asked what the new government could do given that the previous one already began negotiations with the Japanese corporation Marubeni on the Plomin C project, Dobrovic said that he did not know how far the negotiations had gone and whether there were obligations for the government.
"Possible obligations cannot be compared to damage that would be done if such a block were to be built," the minister said explaining that the Plomin C project was not sustainable either in environmental or economic terms.