Policy comments | 23 June, 2014 | Download PDF
On the basis of the TEN-E regulation 12 strategic priority corridors for energy infrastructure with a cross-border dimension have been identified. A list of Projects of Common Interests (PCIs) has been approved by European Commission in October 2013. Yet, the consultation process of the first PCI list has been far from perfect and the list has been challenged in court by the NGO coalition Justice and Environment (J
Study | 20 June, 2014 | Download PDF
‘Kyrgyzstan: a song in the mountains’ is photographic travelogue to the source of the nomadic Kyrgyz people, their traditions and environment. The book explores people’s relationship to the Kumtor gold mine in the mountains of Central Asia, which is slowly degrading the environment of the area. The reader takes a journey past high mountain lakes, the lost caravanserai of the Great Silk Road and developing farms. Farmers and mountain locals tell the traveler secrets about the lives of their ancestors and their hopes for the future of this beautiful place.
No public money for mega-gas pipeline projects – Projects of Common Interest for gas imports will be harmful
Study | 12 June, 2014 | Download PDF
Projects aimed at increasing EU gas imports, included in the European Commission’s Projects of Common Interest (PCI) would surpass the five scenarios of the EC’s own Energy Roadmap 2050 which all foresee an overall decrease in gas imports. Additionally, they would support authoritarian regimes which repeatedly violate human rights and limit space for democratic expression.
Bankwatch Mail | 4 June, 2014 | Download PDF
During last month’s EBRD annual meeting in Warsaw, Bankwatch Mail convened a discussion about the state of the Polish economy between a financial journalist and a sociologist – both residents of the Polish capital – to hear their views on some of the pressing economic issues of the day, as well as the ongoing Polish ‘transition’ process. With the 25th anniversary of the end of communist rule in Poland a few months away now (today in fact marks a quarter of a century since the first Polish elections under communism), what have been the achievements and the lessons to be learned from the last two and half decades?
EU funds draft spending plans reveal flaws in environmental mainstreaming in central and eastern Europe
Briefing | 2 June, 2014 | Download PDF
While the EU regulations for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 themselves contain many important provisions on integrating environmental protection and fostering sustainable development, the draft Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes presented by national governments do not fully exploit the potential to build a green, sustainable economy with the help of the EU budget. CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth campaigners across the central and eastern Europe region have reviewed the draft documents, detecting a number of problematic issues – both regarding the funding priorities and the process of EU funds programming itself.