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Campaign update: Georgian mountain communities consider restoring long abandoned tradition to tackle threats to their land

With hydropower and mining projects encroaching on their lands and livelihoods, Svan communities in Georgia’s northwest consider convening in an ancestral assembly to discuss their course of action.


Campaign update: environmental and health impacts of Serbian planned coal power plant Kostolac B3 discussed in court hearing

The possible cancellation of the Serbian government’s decision to construct a new 350 MW unit at the Kostolac B lignite power plant was discussed on June 23 at the national administrative court of Serbia.


Household survey in Drmno shows negative impacts of Kostolac B3 project, Drmno mine

This sociological survey included 162 (or 65.9%) of the registered 246 households in Drmno, Serbia. It illustrates the bleak reality in the village where a large majority of households have health problems, cracks in houses and other negative impacts from the nearby lignite power plant and mine.

The document is only available in Serbian. See also Bankwatch member CEKOR's website [sr] for information on the survey.

Response to statements regarding CEKOR in the Serbian media

CEKOR, as a non-governmental watchdog organisation, has since 1999 strived to promote sustainable development in Serbia and has a strong track record in supporting local communities harmed by development projects to advocate for their rights.

Financial trouble of Ukraine's nuclear operator calls Europe's financial support into question

Energoatom is currently unable to serve loans from European institutions. Even though a European Commission study assessed the company’s credit worthiness, Ukrainian taxpayers now have to pay back part of the loans.


Nuclear financing through the backdoor

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While EU energy officials met on Monday, June 6, to discuss the shape of the Energy Union, we were joined by friends from WeMove.eu, equipped with your signatures and personal comments that you left while signing the petition.

Ochranári informovali ministra Sólymosa o stave ukrajinských jadrových reaktorov

Source: TASR, SME Domov

Upozorňujú, že predlžovanie životnosti reaktorov sa deje bez splnenia predpísaných bezpečnostných opatrení.

BRATISLAVA. Ochranári v stredu doručili ministrovi životného prostredia Lászlóovi Sólymosovi (Most-Híd) list, v ktorom ho informujú o podľa nich závažnej situácii jadrových reaktorov na Ukrajine a vyzývajú ho, aby konal. Informovala o tom nezisková organizácia Človek v ohrození.
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Westinghouse и "Росатом". Как украинский атом стал жертвой конкурентных войн

Source: Ольга Сухаревская, РИА Новости Украина

Захватив украинский рынок ядерного топлива, Westinghouse не только получил дополнительные доходы, но и экспериментальную площадку для совершенствования собственной продукции, что позволит ей впоследствии выйти на другие европейские рынки.

The role of the French multinational Vinci in construction of Moscow–Saint Petersburg motorway

Source: Crime Russia, Crime Russia

The case on French company Vinci’s participating in construction of Moscow–Saint Petersburg motorway is to become a legal precedent. The Khimki Forest Defense activists brought the investigating judge Nanter in the exposure of the scheme on withdrawal of Russian public money to various offshore companies.

Western Balkans countries invest at least 2.4 times as much in coal as in wind power

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All the Western Balkans countries have committed to increase their share of renewable energy by 2020 to reach between 25 and 40 percent of their energy mix, as part of their obligations under the Energy Community Treaty. Yet this is far from obvious when examining their investment plans for new power generation capacity. Governments are actively planning to build 2800 MW of new coal plants with construction cost of at least EUR 4.5 billion. In contrast, these countries are only planning to build around 1166 MW of wind power plants, at an estimated cost of EUR 1.89 billion.

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