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June 26, 2017
 | by Ioana Ciuta

In the Western Balkans, air pollution can be a fatal problem, made worse by some of those countries’ energy policies. Ioana Ciuta sheds light on the region’s developing crisis, which is claiming lives at an alarming rate.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 19, 2017
 | by Manana Kochladze

The disproportionate impacts that the Nenskra hydropower project in Georgia will have on women are not being assessed by the project company, in spite of its financiers’ standards.

EBRD, ADB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 16, 2017
 | by Pippa Gallop

Almost all the countries in the Balkan region are planning to build new coal power plants, but there has been virtually no mention of the need for them to comply with new pollution standards.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 13, 2017
 | by Klara Sikorova

Mountain villages in the country’s northeast protest for changes to the routing of high voltage lines in a series of local protests.

EBRD
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 12, 2017
 | by Ioana Ciuta

Unsuccessful in making a coal power plant reduce abhorrent pollution levels, the village of Golemo Selo, Bulgaria is trying to “move” to a new municipality, hoping to have more say in matters concerning its citizens’ health and livelihoods.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 8, 2017
 | by Ioana Ciuta

Levels of particulate matter (fine dust) in Rosia de Jiu, Romania were up to 20 times above the limit suggested by the World Health Organisation, show the results of our independent monitoring.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 7, 2017
 | by Petr Hlobil

Enver Hoxha, the former communist dictator in Albania, ruled in such a bizarre way that he found himself ostracised by other communist rulers. Among others he flooded the country of 3 million people with 750 000 concrete bunkers. Those bunkers were built ignoring people, nature but also military rules - as some of them were facing each other.

EBRD, World Bank Group
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
June 1, 2017
 | by Pippa Gallop

The European Union’s and China’s joint commitment to climate action is tarnished by Chinese support for and the EU’s neglect of coal projects in the Balkans, as a new briefing shows. But it is still not too late to change course.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate
May 30, 2017
 | by Igor Vejnovic

We are passing through the canyon of the river Vrbas, in north-west Bosnia-Herzegovina. I am looking through a car window, mouth wide open in awe. While I look up to the rocky, edgy peaks hundreds of meters above and down to the heavenly blue river, I am wondering why anyone would want to dam this river, flood the canyon and destroy its beauty.

Then again, rather than seeing beauty, hydropower companies see wasted water resources, or in the words of a Bosnian official “euros flowing away in vain.”

EBRD
Energy & climate, Other harmful projects
May 16, 2017
 | by Pippa Gallop

Green Home, a Montenegrin environmental non-governmental organisation, on Friday submitted a complaint to the Administrative Court of Montenegro requesting the cancellation of the environmental approval for the controversial Pljevlja II coal power plant the government seeks to build.

Energy & climate