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April 2016

Ukraine needs European values and Europe's solidarity

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country.


Romanian city battles in court to protect its citizens' health

The Romanian city of Reghin wants its citizens to agree before a potentially harmful formaldehyde plant is built. It has to defend this decision in court.


Aid Transparency Index: improvements for Europe's multilateral development banks but still a long way to go

As the 2016 Aid Transparency Review shows some improvement for the two main European lenders, they are still far from reaching satisfying transparency standards.


Europe's Keystone XL: Planned gas pipeline is reckless

The Southern Gas Corridor risks locking in higher fossil fuel dependence and wasting colossal amounts of public money.


For European public finance, where will all roads lead from Paris?

Signing the Paris Agreement is an important step in Europe's contribution to the global effort to tackle the climate crisis.

But funding this commitment necessarily passes through the public coffers. To kick-start the much-needed energy transition– by swiftly cutting emissions to reach the global carbon neutrality the Paris Agreement prescribes for the second half of this century –a change of paradigm in public investments in energy infrastructure is needed.