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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
February 23, 2017
 | by Ioana Ciuta

It was ten in the evening on 17 December when my colleague and I arrived in Pljevlja, Montenegro. Although we could feel the smell of burnt coal already while driving there, the minute we set foot out of the car, the air was stifling. “This place reminds me of childhood, it smells like in your grandparents’ house when the chimney was stuffed and all the smoke came inside. Only this is outside", he said, with a scarf pulled over his nose.

Energy & climate, Balkans
February 23, 2017
 | by Anna Roggenbuck

Ministers, ambassadors and envoys from at least 15 countries, including Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission’s Vice President for the Energy Union, are gathered today in the Azerbaijani capital to discuss the progress on the Southern Gas Corridor, the largest energy project the EU is currently pursuing.

But over the past couple of months, it seems the European Commission’s justifications for this controversial undertaking have been crumbling by the day.

Little left of human rights

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
February 15, 2017
 | by Dan Heuer

Although not an institution that typically receives much fanfare, the export credit agency (ECA) in the Czech Republic has a poor track record worthy of more scrutiny.

Export credit agencies
Energy & climate