Czech president refuses to sign biofuels bill

11 July 2011 18:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Czech president Vaclav Klaus has refused to sign a legislative bill on biofuels, the office of the president said on Monday.

The bill, which requires sellers of biofuels to provide proof that the bio-component they add to their fuels meets EU ecological criteria, was ill-considered and unnecessary, Klaus said in a letter to the speaker of the lower house of the Czech Parliament.

The lower house, however, retains the power to establish the bill as law without the president's signature by winning a second vote.

“I’m afraid more and more European Union regulations, which we are forced to agree to as part of our legal code, simply represent more mistaken reactions to the wrong original decision, which, in my opinion, demands a fundamental discussion and reassessment,” Klaus said in the letter.

“I am of the opinion that we should start discussions at political and expert levels addressing whether this initiative for adding this so-called bio-componet to fuel really brings any benefits, not just for farmers, but also for citizens and the state, and whether it is actually protecting the Czech countryside,” Klaus added.

Reliable research on whether biofuels could pose a risk to human health had not been conducted, Klaus said.

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