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September 14, 2017

With crude manipulations, the Bulgarian government is trying to push through a contended motorway route that would damage the country’s biodiversity hotspot in breach of EU law and international conventions. It expects that the European Commission will sit, watch and pay for it.

EU Funds
Transport
Other harmful projects
August 29, 2017

As a civil society organisation operating across central and eastern Europe, Bankwatch views its role as a watchdog on how effectively the EU funds are being spent in our countries seriously – with billions of euros on the line, we need to ensure that spending decisions are taken democratically, with transparency to the fore and with stakeholders having a real say in how scarce public investment money is being deployed.

EU Funds
July 24, 2017

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

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