PRAGUE, Sept 30 Slovakia's government, which
agreed to take full control of gas utility SPP this month, is
proposing to hold gas prices for households steady in 2014,
Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Monday.
Slovakia took control of SPP, with Czech energy group EPH
retaining a 49 percent stake in the firm's key business unit, in
a deal agreed earlier in September.
The arrangement allows the state to avoid clashes with
private shareholders over gas pricing.
SPP's mother company "is proposing for 2014 exactly the same
price as in 2013... so zero increase in the price for
households," Fico said in a televised news conference.
The proposal will be made to the energy regulator.
EPH, controlled by investors Daniel Kretinsky, Petr Kellner
(the Czech Republic's wealthiest man) and Czech-Slovak
investment group J&T, bought its SPP stake from Germany's E.ON
and France's GDF Suez for 2.6 billion euros
($3.52 billion) earlier this year.
($1 = 0.7385 euros)
(Reporting by Jason Hovet,; Editing by Michael Kahn)