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EU's flagship climate instrument used to subsidise coal in Central and Eastern Europe

The EU's carbon market rules allow Central and Eastern European Member States to invest up to €12 billion in coal powered energy production. As representatives of the EU Member States are due to discuss the EU ETS this Wednesday, the new publication "Fossil fuel subsidies from Europe's carbon market" adds momentum to the need to overhaul this policy.

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.

Chernobyl nuclear disaster marks 30-year anniversary with 'extreme tours', boom in wild animals

Source: Elle Hardy, ABC News

Thirty years after the world's most catastrophic nuclear accident, the abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat, home to the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor number four, has been transformed.

From the ashes of the site has emerged a $US200 per person "extreme tourism" theme park.

Each week more than 1,000 tourists are taken through security and radiation checkpoints, before being allowed to walk through the abandoned buildings, including the swimming pool complex, kindergarten and police station.

Lost in transition - 25 years of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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This report examines a selection of cases monitored by CEE Bankwatch Network and its partners in recent years and highlights some of the weaknesses observed in the EBRD’s approach to environmental, social, democracy and development issues.

On 15 April 2016 the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will mark its 25th anniversary. This opportunity should kick-start a debate about what the London-based public bank has achieved since it started operations in 1991 and to reflect on its future.

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.

Europe's false solutions for Ukraine's energy woes

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.

Droga S7 na celowniku Parlamentu Europejskiego

Source: Marcin Sztandera, Wyborcza.pl

Komisja Petycji Parlamentu Europejskiego poinformowała o wszczęciu postępowania wyjaśniającego w sprawie budowy skarżyskiego odcinka drogi ekspresowej S7.

nformację o wszczęciu postępowania otrzymało w poniedziałek stowarzyszenie Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot, które od dawna protestuje przeciwko proponowanemu przebiegowi S7 od Skarżyska-Kamiennej do granicy z Mazowszem. Zdaniem ekologów zagraża m.in. siedliskom trzech chronionych gatunkom motyli oraz szlakom migracyjnym łosiów i wilków.

Fundusze europejskie: Unia ostrzega, że Polska może zmarnować miliardy euro. Przez węgiel

Source: PAP, Polskie Radio

Miliardy euro, które z unijnego budżetu mają być przeznaczane na przejście od gospodarki opartej na węglu w kierunku ekonomii niskoemisyjnej, mogą być zmarnowane przez kraje Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej - alarmują organizacje pozarządowe.

Taki wniosek płynie z raportu CEE Bankwatch Network i Friends of the Earth Europe, który współfinansowała UE. Organizacje opisały w ponad 150-stronicowej publikacji analizę planów inwestycyjnych i strategii klimatycznych 9 krajów Europy Środkowej i Wschodniej.

Raport dotyczy polskich inwestycji w ramach funduszy europejskich

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Source: Tony Wesolowsky, RFE/RL

Nearly 30 years after Chernobyl spewed nuclear dust across Europe and sparked fears of fallout around the globe, a strapped, war-torn Ukraine is opting for "upgrades" rather than shutdowns of its fleet of Soviet-era nuclear power reactors.

Kyiv is planning to spend an estimated $1.7 billion to bring the facilities, many of which are nearing the end of their planned life spans, up to current Western standards.

EU funds spending plans in Hungary: the dark side is in the details

Hungary allocates a relatively high amount of EU Funds to energy but an in-depth analysis shows a lack of direct, non-refundable support in renovation of residential buildings, significant finance for burning instead of preventing waste and potentially unsustainable use of biomass.

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