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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.


Problematic expansion of agribusiness giant MHP in Ukraine with EBRD support

Myronivsky Hliboproduct PJSC, also known as MHP, is a long-term client of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Following loands in 2013 and 2010, the EBRD approved a USD 85 million loan on 28 October 2015 to support MHP's agricultural working capital needs. While the agricultural sector is widely viewed as one of the engines of the Ukrainian economy, MHP's operations are having a range of negative impacts on local communities.

Bring on the money, don't ask for results. EU funds spending plans in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s EU funds’ documents tick all the formal boxes, but the carbon intensity of its economy will most likely not change much.


Nuclear plant shenanigans intensify in Ukraine

An ageing nuclear unit in the South Ukraine power plant has become the latest to have its expiry date rewritten by Ukrainian authorities, despite a number of pending safety issues and concerns over compliance with international treaties.

Foul play: development banks condone top Ukrainian poultry producer's abuses

A closer look at Europe’s recent investments in Ukraine’s agriculture sector shows that the failure to apply high transparency standards and social safeguards poses not only business risks but also undermines Ukraine’s democratisation process.

Polish authorities on collision course with EU institutions over S7 expressway

A barely eight kilometre long section of an express road in central Poland is becoming another battlefield in the long-running conflict between Polish road authorities on one side and European biodiversity protection laws, and environmental NGOs trying to uphold them, on the other. Except this time, it’s not just about the law – it’s also about the money.

Romanian Court Rejects Environmental Permit for Coal Mining Expansion

Source: Simona Drevenšek, Energetika-Net

Last week the Bucharest court annulled the environment permit for the felling of another 159 hectares of forest in Gorj country, effectively preventing the expansion of the Rosia lignite mine, said the Prague-based environmental NGO, CEE Bankwatch.
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At the start of spending: Environmental partners still ostracised

An assessment of the application of the “European Code of Conduct on Partnership” during the establishment of the national implementation bodies and the first phase of ESI Funds implementation in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

Laufzeitverlängerung für weiteren ukrainischen AKW-Block

Source: Nov-ost.info, Nov-ost.info

Die ukrainische Behörde für Reaktorsicherheit SNRIU hat am Montag eine Laufzeitverlängerung für den Block 2 des Kernkraftwerks Yuzhnoukrainska AES (AKW Südukraine) unweit von Mykolaiv b ...

Ukraine snubs safety concerns and European donors, extends lifetime of fourth Soviet-era nuclear reactor

Kiev, Prague - An ageing nuclear unit in the South Ukraine power plant is the latest to have its expiry date rewritten by overzealous Ukrainian authorities, despite a number of pending safety issues and concerns over compliance with international treaties.

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