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July 21, 2017

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
Baltics
July 5, 2017

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
March 20, 2017

The key to unlocking a more inspiring and politically winnable New Vision for a strong Europe may well be the next European budget.

EU Funds
Energy & climate
Transport
Resource efficiency
Social & economic impacts
December 1, 2016

While it may seem like a gesture to coal-dependent countries such as Poland, the Winter Package of EU energy market rules, presented yesterday (30 November), will make using coal subsidies more difficult.

EU Funds
Energy & climate
September 28, 2016

Europe is hemorrhaging cash in deeply unsustainable projects like motorways, airports and gas infrastructure.

EU Funds
EIB
Energy & climate
Transport
Resource efficiency
Social & economic impacts
May 30, 2016

In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.

EU Funds
Energy & climate
April 22, 2016

Signing the Paris Agreement is an important step in Europe's contribution to the global effort to tackle the climate crisis.

But funding this commitment necessarily passes through the public coffers. To kick-start the much-needed energy transition– by swiftly cutting emissions to reach the global carbon neutrality the Paris Agreement prescribes for the second half of this century –a change of paradigm in public investments in energy infrastructure is needed.

EU Funds
EBRD
EIB
Energy & climate
March 16, 2016

While the Energy Community yesterday failed to consider more stringent air pollution rules for the Western Balkans, a new report quantifies the health costs of the region’s coal burning both within the region itself as well as in the neighbouring European Union.

EU Funds
EBRD
EIB
Energy & climate
Social & economic impacts
February 5, 2016

Slovakia has missed the opportunity to use the EUR 14 billion of Cohesion spending to transform its largely monopolistic, heavily state influenced energy economy with its high dependence on imported fossil fuels and high carbon intensity.

EU Funds
Energy & climate
Transport
Resource efficiency
February 4, 2016

EU funds could do a whole lot more to help the transformation to an efficient sustainable energy system in Croatia if the country adopts an effective strategy to get there, argues our research co-ordinator, Pippa Gallop.

EU Funds
Energy & climate
Transport
Resource efficiency