Tbilisi’s public transport woes and faltering reforms
Residents of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi have been struggling with the city’s beleaguered public transport network, related air pollution, road congestion and inadequate access to schools and workplaces for years. In the past decade, Tbilisi authorities with the involvement of international financial institutions, set out to improve the situation. Today however, despite the availability of funds, most of the old problems persist.
REPowerEU, the European Commission’s response to the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis, has the potential to accelerate the roll-out of renewables and influence energy savings, but will the funds be used for more fossil fuels projects? In this episode we take a deep dive into REPowerEU with our guests, Olivier Vardakoulias, Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe, and Christophe Jost, Senior EU Policy Officer at CEE Bankwatch Network.
We expose the risks of international public finance and bring critical updates from the ground. We believe that the billions of public money should work for people and the environment.