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Ucraina "ar putea încălca tratate nucleare europene"

Source: Bogdan Isopescu, Radio România Actualitaţi

Asociaţia Bankwatch Romania şi guvernul ţării noastre atrag atenţia că Ucraina desfăşoară programe nucleare asupra cărora planează suspiciunea că încalcă tratatele internaţionale.

Environmental organizations raise stink over MHP’s poultry farm

Source: Denys Krasnikov, Kyiv Post

There’s an ill wind blowing in Vinnytsa Oblast, and if one of Ukraine’s biggest agriculture companies keeps growing, things could get worse for the people living nearby, environmental, corporate and bank watchdog organizations from the European Union and Ukraine say.

MyronivskyHliboproduct (MHP), which runs the biggest poultry farm in Europe near the village of Ladyzhyn southeast of Vinnytsa, was the subject of two reports released this September after a fact-finding mission of six environmental watchdogs visited the area in May.

Images and graphs: Large-scale agribusiness in Ukraine and local communities

Ukraine's agriculture was the only sector in the country to grow in 2014. International investors like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are happy to point this out - and the role they are playing in financing these investments.

But an investigation published today into one of the main beneficiaries of loans from the EBRD and other multilateral development banks shows that cheap Ukrainian food products are coming at the expense of severe impacts on local communities.

Rural communities in Ukraine bearing the brunt of unchecked agribusiness expansion, say two new reports

Residents in Ukraine's southwest are facing environmental decline, intimidation and deteriorating quality of life as a result of the rapid emergence of Europe's largest poultry farm, finds a report released today by CEE Bankwatch Network. Owned by Mironivski Hliboproduct (MHP), Ukraine's biggest poultry producer, the Vinnytsia project has been enjoying hefty support from Europe's public financial institutes and the World Bank, and plans to double the facility's size are only likely to exacerbate its social and environmental impacts, shows another report released today by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).

Black earth - Agribusiness in Ukraine and the marginalisation of rural communities

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Given Ukraine's abundant land resources and food production potential, modernisation of agriculture is necessary and industrialisation is inevitable. Yet, an investigation into the Vinnytsia poultry complex shows the negative side effects of large-scale industrialisation of meat production and sounds the alarm about the risks that agroholdings pose to communities.

Nederland sponsort Oekraïense plofkip

Source: unknown author, duurzaamnieuws

De grootste kippenproducent in Oekraïne, Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), slacht jaarlijks naar schatting 332 miljoen kippen en staat op het punt de productie met 70% te verhogen. MHP krijgt daarbij ruim baan van de Oekraïense overheid, exporteert tegen gunstige voorwaarden naar Nederland en profiteert bovendien van een half miljard aan leningen van internationale ontwikkelingsbanken. Bij de schaalvergroting spelen ook Nederlandse banken en bedrijven een rol. Intussen ondervinden de bewoners in de omgeving van Europa’s grootste kippenstal steeds meer overlast van stank en zwaar verkeer en worden zij onder druk gezet om hun land te verpachten. Met het rapport Chicken Run heeft SOMO de bedrijfsstrategieën van MHP en de daaruit voortvloeiende impact op omliggende dorpen in kaart gebracht.

Slovakia and the Energy Union: Financing for fossil fuels

Similar to what we have seen in other countries, when it comes to concrete projects in Slovakia the Energy Union proposals are so far to a much larger extent aiming at security of (gas) supply than they are at decarbonisation.

Energoatom lawsuit against Ukrainian activists is the latest attempt to stifle public debate over an ageing nuclear energy fleet

A Kiev court held yesterday the first hearing in a case brought by Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power plants operator, against the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU), a civil society group, member of the CEE Bankwatch Network.

Ukraine nuclear lifetime extensions require impact assessment in compliance with Aarhus and Espoo convention

On several occasions the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development stated that operations of its clients should comply with all international treaties and other legal obligations. In spite of these reassurances, Energoatom in Ukraine keeps ignoring its international obligations, as outlined in the Espoo Convention, in the processes of assessing the life-time extension of its nuclear reactors.

Entwicklungshilfe für Discounter: Wie Lidl mit Hilfe von Weltbankkrediten Geschäfte in Osteuropa macht

Source: Philipp Jahn, Andrea Miosga, Frank Konopatzki, Monitor, ARD

Georg Restle: „Er gilt als der größte Discounter Europas und fast jeder in Deutschland kennt ihn: Lidl. Milliardengewinne mit billigen Lebensmitteln, das ist das Geschäftskonzept des Supermarkt-Giganten. Aber es gibt auch eine ganz andere Geschichte über Lidl. Und die eignet sich ganz sicher nicht fürs schöne Werbe-Image des Billig-Discounters. Guten Abend und willkommen bei Monitor. Wenn Sie an Entwicklungshilfe denken, denken Sie wahrscheinlich an Brunnen, Schulen oder Krankenhäuser. Ganz sicher nicht an millionenschwere Kredite für eines der reichsten Einzelhandelsunternehmen der Welt.

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