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European Ombudsman: EIB weakens EU efforts to strengthen rule of law

Brussels – In an unprecedented ruling this week, the European Ombudsman concluded at the end of an investigation into the EIB’s involvement with a road construction project in Bosnia and Herzegovina that the institution’s behaviour was "totally unacceptable" and it "risked putting into question the EU’s commitment for strengthening the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Poland's 'dirty' Eastern block shows some cracks

Source: Ondrej Pasek, EurActiv

Horse trading intensifies as the eleventh hour approaches for the EU to decide on its 2030 climate and energy policy. And while Poland has led an Eastern coalition to resist ambitious targets for Europe, Ondrej Pasek writes that some may be only reluctantly following Warsaw.

Visegrad countries push for more gas imports in 2030 deal

Prague – The Visegrad plus 2 countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, together with Romania and Bulgaria) have all included a strong statement of support for the Southern Gas Corridor into their comments to the drafted EU 2030 Council conclusions to begin in Brussels this Thursday.

Can the European Investment Bank move ahead of the pack on climate?

The European Investment Bank is gearing up for an increased role in spurring growth in Europe as set out by the new Juncker Commission. Yet as Europe’s 2030 climate targets are being undermined by some countries the bank that wants to be a leader in climate action must keep in mind that we can no longer afford growth without sustainability.


Green 10 letter to European Parliament president Schulz regarding the appointments of new Commissioners

This Green 10 letter highlights some controversial aspects of Commission President-elect Juncker's new cabinet appointments, including the inclusion of sustainability within the competency of Commissioner Timmermans.

Green 10 letter to European Commission president-elect Juncker regarding the appointments of new Commissioners

This Green 10 letter highlights some controversial aspects of Commission President-elect Juncker's new cabinet appointments, including the inclusion of sustainability within the competency of Commissioner Timmermans.

Green 10: the Parliament must reject this Commission

Brussels - The Green 10, the alliance of leading environmental NGOs in Europe, reiterates the call to reject the Commission unless rigorous changes of mandates, job titles and re-allocation of posts are made.

European Banks are most opaque multilateral organisations, 2014 Aid Transparency Index

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are ranked 16th and 17th respectively out of 17 multilateral organisations on the 2014 Aid Transparency Index (ATI) which is published today. The transparency index comes at a momentous time for the EIB as the institution is currently reviewing its transparency policy and NGOs fear that the ‘EU bank’ is preparing to further downgrade its transparency requirements.

Another David vs. Goliath fight in Poland over road construction in Natura 2000 site

Road construction in Poland can be a cause for great controversy in Poland not least when incomprehensible roads designs clash with nature.


Extra caution needed for Plomin C coal power plant project due to heightened corruption risks

The consortium that has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the controversial Plomin C 500 MW coal power plant project in Croatia consists of the two companies Marubeni and Alstom. Both have been involved in corruption scandals recently that led to sanctions from financing institutions. This briefing offers details on these cases.

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