ArcelorMittal is the largest steel company in the world, producing approximately 8 per cent of the world’s steel output. But the cost of its success has largely been paid by the people living and working near the company’s plants, because of the ArcelorMittal's frequent disregard for the environment and fair labour practices.
While fatal accidents at the ArcelorMittal Temirtau mines continue, the company has so far not provided sufficient information to allow an assessment whether an EBRD funded project to improve health and safety conditions is being implemented successfully.
The 43-km section of the Moscow - St. Petersburg motorway near Moscow has triggered massive opposition in Russia and abroad. The section is slated to pass through Khimki Forest Park, a protected natural area with rich wildlife and of great importance to local people living in this polluted and densely populated region.
Poland is hoping to use EU funds to construct municipal waste incinerators in 12 cities – this figure is up from the 9 that were planned in 2008. The total cost of the proposed incinerators will consume around 66% of Poland's Cohesion Funds money for waste management for the 2007-2013 period. Moreover, as potentially only half of the 12 planned incinerators will be ready to apply for EU funding within the present financial period 2007-2013, available waste funding will be blocked for developing alternatives such as separate collection and recycling schemes.
Expressway developments in north-east Poland could have devastating ramifications on the Knyszyn and Augustow Primeval Forests and the Biebrza Marshes - areas of extraordinary beauty that are home to unique wildelife.
The D8 motorway is part of the Berlin - Prague - Budapest - Sofia - Istanbul European multi-modal transport corridor IV. The controversial history of its construction started fifteen years ago when the Czech government reapproved a motorway scheme that was conceived in 1963.
The currently proposed route for the new Brno-Vienna motorway via Mikulov and Drasenhofen, promoted by the Austrian and Czech governments, could become the most expensive and environmentally destructive way to link these two central European cities.
Prague motorway's ringroad R1 is a crucial part of the Czech Republic's Trans-European Network (TEN-T). However, some of the road sections being planned for construction are failing to fulfil TEN-T project criteria and their cost-effectiveness is highly questionable.
Against overwhelming public opposition, Brno hopes to relocate its main train station with the help of EU funding. Reconstructing the current station would be a much more effective use of public money and wouldn't complicate the lives of tens of thousands of people.