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March 16, 2016
 | by Ioana Ciuta

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
March 15, 2016
 | by Kadri Green

The mistrust and frustration of communities in the mountains of north-western Georgia is deepening over make-shift consultations on large dam constructions.

EBRD, EIB, ADB
Social & economic impacts
March 14, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

A United Nations study finds that public-private partnerships involve substantial risks for the public sector and have often failed to yield ‘value for money’.

EBRD, EIB, World Bank Group
Social & economic impacts
March 9, 2016
 | by Iryna Holovko

Current EU support is not just a distraction from the energy path Ukraine needs to take, it also puts countless communities in Ukraine and abroad at risk.

EBRD
Energy & climate
March 8, 2016
 | by Emma Hughes

Plans for the Southern Gas Corridor / Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. A new web documentary shows why we should stop and think.

EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 4, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

Tens of questions remain unanswered about costs related to a new unit at the Pljevlja lignite power plant in Montenegro.

Energy & climate
March 3, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

Responding to the lack of official economic data for Croatia's Plomin C coal project, a new analysis finds that the project is highly risky.

Energy & climate
March 1, 2016
 | by Xavier Sol

The flashbulbs at Azerbaijan’s official photo opportunities should not blind Europe’s leaders to the country’s accelerated descent into authoritarianism, writes Xavier Sol.

EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
February 22, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

Last Tuesday activists from Croatia, Italy and Colombia formed a human chain in front of the Plomin coal power plant to highlight that the real price of coal is human lives – at both ends of the chain of production.

coal, Plomin C
Energy & climate
February 5, 2016
 | by Miroslav Mojzis

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