Subsidies that cost our health – The Slovak government´s decision to subsidise electricity production from lignite may lead to approx. 13-130 deaths and 118-1890 serious illnesses annually.
A flawed attempt to save jobs – The company operating the mines has difficulties finding enough qualified specialists in Slovakia and has even imported workers from Romania and Czechia. The circumstances would have provided a genuinely favourable environment for promoting the concept of just transition, especially since alternatives to coal industry like sustainable tourism can help address unemployment in the Prievidza region. In addition, the planned expansion of mining (currently in the process of Environmental impact assessment) might affect the local environment and spa in the neighbouring town Bojnice. The Director of the Bojnice Spa claims that the spa can create approx. 1000 jobs using the same natural healing water.
More money going up in smoke – Slovakia has the highest share of energy expenditure of households in the EU, according to the European Commission. An average Slovak pays approx. 17 Euros annually to the coal sector which might not be able to maintain profit without the feed-in tariff.