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March 29, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

The Zagreb wastewater plant public-private partnership (PPP), financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has for years been highlighted by Bankwatch and its member group Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia as a harmful project allowing the private sector enormous profits at the expense of the City of Zagreb and the public.

EBRD
Social & economic impacts
March 24, 2016
 | by Alexandru Mustata

After decades of putting up with noise and dust, people in Runcurel, Romania are being told they are in the way of national interest. Together with the two civil society organisations, land owners are challenging the government's decision and the coal company's actions.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 16, 2016
 | by Ioana Ciuta

While the Energy Community yesterday failed to consider more stringent air pollution rules for the Western Balkans, a new report quantifies the health costs of the region’s coal burning both within the region itself as well as in the neighbouring European Union.

EU Funds, EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 15, 2016
 | by Kadri Green

The mistrust and frustration of communities in the mountains of north-western Georgia is deepening over make-shift consultations on large dam constructions.

EBRD, EIB, ADB
Social & economic impacts
March 14, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

A United Nations study finds that public-private partnerships involve substantial risks for the public sector and have often failed to yield ‘value for money’.

EBRD, EIB, World Bank Group
Social & economic impacts
March 9, 2016
 | by Iryna Holovko

Current EU support is not just a distraction from the energy path Ukraine needs to take, it also puts countless communities in Ukraine and abroad at risk.

EBRD
Energy & climate
March 8, 2016
 | by Emma Hughes

Plans for the Southern Gas Corridor / Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. A new web documentary shows why we should stop and think.

EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 4, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

Tens of questions remain unanswered about costs related to a new unit at the Pljevlja lignite power plant in Montenegro.

Energy & climate
March 3, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

Responding to the lack of official economic data for Croatia's Plomin C coal project, a new analysis finds that the project is highly risky.

Energy & climate
March 1, 2016
 | by Xavier Sol

The flashbulbs at Azerbaijan’s official photo opportunities should not blind Europe’s leaders to the country’s accelerated descent into authoritarianism, writes Xavier Sol.

EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts