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  • Click to read: Criminal charges against Kolubara mining company over landslide Criminal charges against Kolubara mining company over landslide Bankwatch member group CEKOR has increased pressure on the company that remains silent over investigations into a landslide from last year, while locals fear increased activity...
  • Click to read: Under the radar EU funds grab spotted in Slovakia Under the radar EU funds grab spotted in Slovakia A highly problematic Danube dam project has found its way into the Slovak Operational Programme for Cohesion Policy spending in the 2014-2020 period.
  • Click to read: Where's Plan B for Kosovo's energy sector? Where's Plan B for Kosovo's energy sector? Institution after institution has been putting most of its eggs in a 'new lignite' basket for Kosovo. Reasonable alternative investment options seem to fall by the wayside.
  • Click to read: EU funds negotiations enter last lap in Slovakia EU funds negotiations enter last lap in Slovakia Slovakia's Partnership Agreement (the main strategic document underpinning the new Cohesion Policy) is missing commitments for now.
  • Click to read: Mega-dam promoters use front group and PR campaign in Georgia Mega-dam promoters use front group and PR campaign in Georgia The promoters of the Khudoni mega-dam in Georgia are trying to steer public opinion against the local community that is defending its land.

CEE Bankwatch Network works across the central and eastern European region to monitor the activities of international financial institutions and propose constructive environmental and social alternatives to the policies and projects they support.

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EBRD
EIB
EU funds

EBRD

EIB

EU funds

Promoting market economies, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's notion of transition is often blind to its impacts on people and the planet.

One of the world's biggest public lenders, the European Investment Bank notoriously neglects environmental and social aspects and acts far away from public control.

Incoherent funding priorities and inadequate national implementation often inhibit real social, economical and environmental sustainability.

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Publications

  • Environmental and social impacts of the Khudoni hydropower project in Georgia /publications/environmental-and-social-impacts-khudoni-hydropower-project-georgia March 31, 2014 Study The report summarises the findings from a fact-finding mission to villages in the Svaneti region of northwestern Georgia that will be impacted by the Khudoni hydropower project. During the visit 250 people were interviewed, of which around 160 were women.
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  • Bankwatch Mail 58 /publications/bankwatch-mail-58 March 20, 2014 Bankwatch Mail Issue 58 of Bankwatch Mail, published as stakeholders meet in the European Parliament to discuss the future of the 'Energy Community'. Comprising the countries of the western Balkans, Moldova and Ukraine, the Energy Community aims primarily to extend EU internal energy policy to south east Europe...
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  • Sochi 2014 - Independent Environmental report /publications/sochi-2014-independent-environmental-report Study This report, prepared by Environmental Watch on North Caucasus (EWNC) gives account of the extensive environmental damage resulting from the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
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  • State of play at EU funds programming half time /publications/state-play-eu-funds-programming-half-time December 28, 2013 Study Analyses and comments elaborated and published in the course of the on-going programming process from May until December 2013 show that the draft planning documents fail to ensure sustainable development, are half-hearted in environmental protection, sideline partners and neglect communities.
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  • Missing sustainability: The EBRD's controversial energy lending in Ukraine (2006-2013) /publications/missing-sustainability-ebrds-controversial-energy-lending-ukraine-2006-2013 December 20, 2013 Study While the EBRD's founding document require it to "promote in the full range of its activities environmentally sound and sustainable development" more than half of the bank’s energy investments in Ukraine for the period 2006-2013 hardly served the purpose of sustainable development promotion. In...
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