Policy comments | 22 March, 2011 | Download PDF
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s transition indicators for some time already were rather disconnected from the situation in the EBRD’s countries of operation. Our comments are premised on the point that the ultimate goal of transition is not only a market economy, but an environmentally sustainable and socially just one.
EU public funds for “securing” dirty coal and nuclear energy Ukraine transmission lines background paper
Briefing | 15 March, 2011 | Download PDF
Over the past few years, a series of strategies, agreements and loans have brought the EU and Ukraine into closer cooperation on perpetuating nuclear and carbon-intensive energy infrastructure and generation, with international financial institutions (IFIs) brokering the deals.
Policy comments | 11 March, 2011 | Download PDF
Responding to the European Commission’s conclusions of the fifth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, the statement by Bankwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe responds to the questions: How could the Europe 2020 Strategy and cohesion policy be brought closer together at EU, national and sub-national levels? Should the scope of the development and investment partnership contract go beyond cohesion policy and, if so, what should it be?
Bankwatch contribution to the public consultation process regarding the external dimension of the EU energy policy
Policy comments | 7 March, 2011 | Download PDF
The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) strategy paper 2007-2013 for the eastern neighbourhood region involves contradictory strategic objectives. The first of these is sustainable development and environmental protection, which underpins all EU legislation and policies. However, the second priority, the need to ensure the diversification and security of energy supplies to the EU, emphasises the need for further extraction and transportation of the Caspian Seas oil and gas resources to Europe, and thus prioritises it over the development of an environmentally friendly energy sector within the region.