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March 29, 2017
 | by Pippa Gallop

At least 9 new lignite power plants are being planned in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, but according to our new report their feasibility studies do not take into account the effect of CO2 prices. As a result, when these countries join the EU, the plants will not be competitive anymore and will need to be closed down – just like the many coal power plants in Western Europe that are now being shut. The taxpayers in the Western Balkans will end up footing the bill.

Chinese investors, Export credit agencies
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 28, 2017
 | by Igor Vejnovic & Kate Horner

This week, activists from across the world are meeting in Tbilisi to share their experiences of resisting hydropower projects and the money that supports them.

EBRD, EIB, World Bank Group
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts, Other harmful projects
March 27, 2017
 | by Sven Haertig-Tokarz

85 river and dam activists from 40 countries and all continents gather in Tbilisi, Georgia this week to share experiences about their efforts to protect the world’s rivers and join their struggles against destructive hydropower projects.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts, Other harmful projects
March 23, 2017
 | by Elena Gerebizza

An ancient olive grove in southern Italy is currently on the frontlines of grassroots resistance to the Southern Gas Corridor project, the EU’s flagship energy project.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 20, 2017
 | by David Holyoake

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
March 16, 2017
 | by Vladlena Martsynkevych

In Ukraine, big agriculture uses unscrupulous methods to manufacture consensus for expansion and marginalise local communities - often with the support of international donors.

Social & economic impacts
March 7, 2017
 | by Dan Heuer

It is fitting that we use today to reflect on the European Investment Bank’s new Strategy on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment: 8 March is International Women’s Day. Adopted at the beginning of this year, the strategy complements the bank’s existing social policy and reflects the equality principle of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

EBRD, EIB, World Bank Group, AIIB, ADB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 3, 2017
 | by Ana-Maria Seman

On Sunday, March 5, nuclear reactor number 3 at the Zaporizhia power plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear power station, will reach the end of its 30 year lifespan. Kiev wants to keep this Soviet-era nuclear unit going for at least ten more years, just like six other nuclear units which have already been granted lifetime extensions. But, for the first time and following a lot of international pressure, the Ukrainian government is planning to ask its neighbours whether they are OK with this. Or at least that’s what it says.

EBRD, Euratom
Energy & climate
February 28, 2017
 | by Igor Vejnovic

This blog first appeared on Balkan Green Energy News

February 24, 2017
 | by Vladlena Martsynkevych

On 22 February, more than 70 activists and residents from the Chyhyryn region south of Kyiv protested outside the headquarters of Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), the Ukrainian agribusiness conglomerate owned by one of the country’s richest billionaires. The protesters were airing their grievances against MHP’s plans to greatly expand its poultry operations in Chyhyryn, which locals believe will have a devastating effect on the small and medium sized farmers and the tourist potential of the area.

EBRD, EIB, World Bank Group
Social & economic impacts