EBRD Annual Meeting 2019
Empowering communities to be heard. Protecting whistleblowers and pushing back against the threat of violence, intimidation and attacks on free speech and assembly. Preserving the environment.
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The cautious approach to hydropower in the Balkans should be applied to other regions that also struggle to implement the EBRD and EU standards. The EBRD should protect the pristine ecological status of rivers and the rights of communities.
Failing to acknowledge the Lower Svaneti Lalkhor, the violations to Georgian legislation and the bank’s own policies will deteriorate the livelihoods of the indigenous Svans and the potential for alternative development and tourism in the villages.
The EBRD should ensure the close examination of the project and its documents before it officially enters into pipeline, as it is likely to have a considerable effect on local communities and biodiversity.
Blog entry | 22 June, 2020
Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) are a form of often frivolous litigation used by corporations to intimidate and punish critics and silence their right to free speech. Lydian international, the tax haven-listed mining company, has repeatedly deployed the tactic against journalists and civil society as it presses forward with the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, whilst the EBRD has stood by silently.
Blog entry | 16 June, 2020
Like many other financial institutions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has responded to the call to join the global effort to tackle the climate crisis. And yet, over the past decade, while growing its support for renewable energy, the bank has continued to hand out public money to the fossil fuels industry.
Press release | 15 June, 2020
Yerevan – The beleaguered Amulsar gold mine in Armenia broke rules attached to two loans totalling EUR 11 million it received in 2017 and 2009 from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, alleges a new complaint from 23 people living near the project and Armenian and international civil society groups including CEE Bankwatch Network.