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Slovak Premier Wants SPP Buyer to Accept Tighter Regulation

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Slovak Premier Robert Fico said he wants the new owner of a 49 percent stake in the country’s biggest gas company, Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel AS, to accept “tighter” price regulation.

E.ON SE and GDF Suez are selling their stake in the utility, which comes with a majority on its board, to Energeticky a Prumyslovy Holding AS, Czech Republic’s private-equity group. Fico’s government, which holds a majority in the company, is negotiating with EPH conditions, under which it will allow the transaction.

“I believe that a tighter regulatory framework will be part of the conditions and Slovakia could be more involved in price setting,” Fico said at a press conference in Slovak capital, Bratislava, today.

Fico has criticized the current two foreign investors for seeking increases in household prices that ignore living standards in the euro-area’s second-poorest country. The Office for Network Industries today rejected Slovensky’s request for a 25 percent increase in household gas prices, allowed only a 0.46 percent rise from January.

To contact the reporter on this story: Radoslav Tomek in Bratislava at rtomek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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