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August 17, 2017
 | by Pippa Gallop

New EU rules entering into force today, to limit pollution from power plants, will also apply in most Western Balkan countries. But the region’s governments are so far acting like they don’t exist.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate, Balkans
July 24, 2017
 | by Anelia Stefanova

With new legislation, Bulgaria’s government is trying to limit inconvenient civil engagement in projects it deems strategic.

EU Funds
Transport, Other harmful projects
July 21, 2017
 | by Selina Vancane

In a relatively small country like Latvia, the general public is used to having its say and being able to influence things in the public realm – our opinion usually means something, and access to decision makers and communication with government officials is commonplace. Latvians, though, are not like the French, revolution is not in our DNA, and protests or strikes happen very rarely in Latvia.

EU Funds
Transport
July 17, 2017
 | by Genady Kondarev

As it nears two years of a Bankwatch visit to the copper smelter in Namibia and the uncovering of an unsafe arsenic disposal site, a planned expansion has revealed so far undisclosed environmental information.

Social & economic impacts, Development
July 17, 2017
 | by Ido Liven

While new public finance for the Southern Gas Corridor is lining up, the European Commission's narrative that the pipeline would relieve Europe’s dependence on Russian gas continues to crumble.

EBRD
Energy & climate
July 5, 2017
 | by David Holyoake

French President Emmanuel Macron is right to propose public debates on the Future of Europe. But the EU budget is where change will first manifest itself.

EU Funds
Energy & climate, Transport, Resource efficiency, Social & economic impacts
July 4, 2017
 | by Dana Marekova

European citizens don’t want to be left out of decision-making over nuclear power. But a recent meeting of the Espoo Convention reveals how concerns over reactor life-time extensions are being sidelined.

EBRD, Euratom
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
July 3, 2017
 | by Ana-Maria Seman

A meeting of the parties to the UN convention on environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (Espoo) helped to showcase the influence that politics and the nuclear industry lobby have over decisions that have potentially severe impacts on European citizens’ health and the environment.

EBRD, Euratom
Energy & climate
June 27, 2017
 | by Elena Nikolovska

After a field visit to the Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, the UNESCO requested the Macedonian government to halt construction projects in the area, one of which is supported by the European Bank For Reconstruction and Development.

EBRD
Transport, Other harmful projects
June 26, 2017
 | by Ioana Ciuta

Results of more than half a year of independent air pollution monitoring in the Balkans have been launched today. During a conference at the European Parliament, MEPs, European Commission and Energy Community representatives, NGOs and citizens groups called for urgent action on air pollution in the Western Balkans.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts