COP27: Call for a more serious approach to mitigate global warming
Sharm El-Sheikh (FENA) – Members of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and members of the Green Club Saša Magazinović and Jasmin Emrić attended this year’s United Nations (UN) conference on climate change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This key global event that gathers world leaders takes place in a year marked by natural disasters across the planet, but also at a time of major geopolitical tensions, which further enhances its importance – along with the fact that more than 120 heads of state attended COP27.
At this year’s COP, numerous round tables and meetings were organized through the plenary session. On the sidelines of the event, there were discussion about the challenges the world faces in implementing the commitments made in the context of reducing emissions on the way to carbon neutrality: water and food security, fair transition and the protection of agriculture.
Magazinović called for a more serious approach by the institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the fulfillment of the obligations assumed to mitigate global warming, but also for a positioning of green policies on the list of priority topics on the political agenda. He also urged political actors in BiH to draft program documents on these topics, on the basis of which future coalitions can be formed. So far, BiH’s commitment has not been adequate, which was also indicated by the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the few countries in the world that was not represented at COP27 at the presidential, prime ministerial or ministerial level, Magazinović pointed out. (November 7)
Slovakia fell two places in the global index of the rule of law
Bratislava (TASR) – According to the international organization World Justice Project, Slovakia dropped two places in the Rule of Law Index 2022 as compared to last year. The country landed in 35th place worldwide. According to the Amercian Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia (AmCham), Slovakia is 15 points behind the Czech Republic.
The World Justice Project evaluated 140 countries and jurisdictions around the world. According to AmCham, the level of the rule of law has declined for the fifth year in a row in most countries. The index evaluated country data based on eight factors, namely the limitation of government power, the level of corruption, open government, basic rights, order and safety, enforcement of legal regulations, as well as justice in civil and criminal matters. Slovakia’s ranking suffered in particular from the unfavorable score in the categories corruption and civil justice. (November 8)
The only Slovenian nuclear plant is reconnected to the electricity system
Krško (STA) – The only Slovenian nuclear power plant, Nuklearna elektrarna Krško (Nek), was restarted and reconnected to the power grid on November 7, after a maintenance break that lasted just over one month. In this period, comprehensive testing was carried out and almost half of the fuel elements were replaced. After checks at a low level of power generation, the plant’s power production will be increased gradually. The next overhaul of the Krško nuclear power plant after the current 18-month fuel cycle will take place in the spring of 2024. During the overhaul of Nek, which contributes about one third of electricity to the country’s grid, Slovenia obtained power from hydroelectric plants and imports. The sixth block of the Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant, which usually contributes 35 percent of Slovenia’s electricity needs, is expected to be temporarily shut down until the middle of November in order to save on coal. (November 8)