Reaction to European Parliament vote: Ensnaring the EU in a fossil fuel trap
November 10, 2022
While world leaders are debating how to tackle the climate crisis at COP27 in Egypt, a majority of Members of the European Parliament voted today for the European Commission’s legislative proposal  on including REPowerEU chapters in recovery and resilience plans and paved an investment path that will prolong the EU’s dependence on imported fossil gas and cause further lock-in into high-emission and high-cost fossil fuel sources.
‘Destructive, undemocratic and possibly illegal’ – green groups slate leaked EU renewables emergency measures
November 8, 2022
EU plans for an emergency regulation to accelerate renewable energy deployment are highly destructive for biodiversity, undemocratic and possibly illegal, CEE Bankwatch Network and EuroNatur warned today, after a leaked text of the proposal was published by Context Energie.
Lung Run Ugljevik: a race against time for a just transition
October 30, 2022
Under the motto ‘Run for clean air – step by step for a just transition’ more than 50 people from eight countries gathered on 29 October in Ugljevik, Bosnia and Herzegovina to raise awareness about the urgency of a clean and sustainable future for coal dependent regions in the Western Balkans in a ten-kilometre trail running event.
Ukraine reconstruction: why we need electric urban transport investments now
October 25, 2022
A sustainable transport reconstruction in Ukraine’s cities should be a priority not only in long-term post-war recovery plans, but also in urgent support programs.
Reaction to the European Parliament Environment Committee vote on amendments to the Renewable Energy Directive
October 25, 2022
The result of today’s voting on the Renewable Energy Directive is highly disappointing as it waives current rules on environmental assessments and protection of Natura 2000 areas.
New report: Southeast Europe hydropower investment risks are high and rising
July 27, 2022
Greenfield large hydropower investments across southeast Europe (1) face major risks and low realisation rates, according to a new report by CEE Bankwatch, EuroNatur, Riverwatch and WWF Adria published today, which also highlights nine high-risk project cases (2).
The Shared Green Deal project begins work on people-centered climate neutrality by 2050
July 12, 2022
Bankwatch is a partner in the new Shared Green Deal project that will use innovative social experiments to support the objectives of the European Green Deal, involving local communities across Europe.
Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn
July 6, 2022
The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance.
It’s time to put an end to EU funding of fossil gas
June 27, 2022
While EU households and industry face months without heating, exorbitant energy bills and insecurity, EU funds are driving an increase in the demand for gas in the region, a Bankwatch analysis of Modernisation Fund spending shows.
Western Balkan coal pollution still massive, illegal and deadly – new report
June 21, 2022
In 2021, Western Balkan coal plants flagrantly breached air pollution legislation under the Energy Community Treaty for the fourth year in a row, emitting five times as much sulphur dioxide and 1.8 times as much dust as allowed, according to a report released today by CEE Bankwatch Network.