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May 4, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

In spite of an updated construction contract for a new unit at the Tuzla coal-fired power plant, the project's economic feasibility remains a puzzle with missing pieces.

Chinese investors
April 22, 2016
 | by Fidanka McGrath (EBRD policy officer), Anna Roggenbuck (EIB policy officer) and Markus Trilling (EU funds policy offer)

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
April 15, 2016
 | by Anna Roggenbuck

The Southern Gas Corridor risks locking in higher fossil fuel dependence and wasting colossal amounts of public money.

EBRD, EIB
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
April 13, 2016
 | by Fidanka Bacheva McGrath & Adriana Paradiso

As the 2016 Aid Transparency Review shows some improvement for the two main European lenders, they are still far from reaching satisfying transparency standards.

EBRD, EIB
Development
April 5, 2016
 | by Ana-Maria Seman

The Romanian city of Reghin wants its citizens to agree before a potentially harmful formaldehyde plant is built. It has to defend this decision in court.

Social & economic impacts
April 4, 2016
 | by Olexi Pasyuk

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country.

EBRD
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 31, 2016
 | by Klara Sikorova

After hitting a snag, the Khudoni dam in Georgia’s mountains is back in the game threatening to expropriate private lands and to bump up electricity prices for Georgian consumers. The controversial changes in an amended contract have inflamed the passion of the Svans who have for years tried to protect their communities from flooding.

World Bank Group
Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
March 29, 2016
 | by Pippa Gallop

The Zagreb wastewater plant public-private partnership (PPP), financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has for years been highlighted by Bankwatch and its member group Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia as a harmful project allowing the private sector enormous profits at the expense of the City of Zagreb and the public.

EBRD
Social & economic impacts
March 24, 2016
 | by Alexandru Mustata

After decades of putting up with noise and dust, people in Runcurel, Romania are being told they are in the way of national interest. Together with the two civil society organisations, land owners are challenging the government's decision and the coal company's actions.

Energy & climate, Social & economic impacts
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