EU-China leaders’ meeting: EU must do more to tackle legal breaches by Chinese companies in Europe, say civil society organisations
September 14, 2020
The European Union needs to step up its actions on violations of EU law by Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Europe, warned civil society groups working in southeast Europe today (1), as European and Chinese leaders meet online in lieu of the postponed Leipzig summit.
April 5, 2019
Die Westbalkan-Staaten wollen in die EU. Doch bis es so weit ist, nehmen sie gern Geld aus Peking an. Noch bleiben zwei Monate Zeit, um Bedenken aus dem Weg zu räumen – das kann heikel werden.Source: Lieber Chinas Spatz als Europas Taube
July 6, 2018
The seventh Central and Eastern Europe-China “16+1” summit for heads of state is set to take place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the heels of an EU initiative on screening Foreign Direct Investments in the areas of security and public order. The EU initiative comes amidst concerns of increased foreign direct investments – including Chinese – going into strategic and sensitive sectors in Europe.
June 18, 2018
This story represents one of the few successful examples in Romania but should serve as an inspiration for all the mayors and representatives of the Romanian authorities. Nobody says it’s going to be a smooth sailing when dealing with accessing European funds, but it is important to have well-prepared personnel, a vision for sustainable development and last, but not least, a desire to make positive changes in your community.
Commission rules for spending 300 billion euros in Cohesion funds misses opportunity to push for protections to climate and the rule of law
May 29, 2018
Brussels, Prague – The European Commission has missed the opportunity to set a course that addresses climate change and establishes a strong framework for ensuring Member States’ respect for the rule of law, as it seeks to leverage the EU budget after 2020 to bring states in line with EU priorities.
Post 2020 EU budget: Commission proposal promises sustainability but continues funding contradictory policies
May 2, 2018
Budapest, Brussels, Prague – Today the European Commission published its proposal for the next EU budget after 2020, the Multiannual Financial Framework. Civil society organisations within the People’s Budget campaign  call on Member States to translate the Commission’s pitch into the bold proposal that Europe needs for a brighter future.
April 12, 2018
One of the most pressing challenges for Cohesion Policy is the transformation of the carbon-intensive energy systems in central and eastern Europe.
April 12, 2018
“Today, the EU’s European affairs ministers have missed the opportunity to pave the way for a sustainable and ambitious Cohesion Policy,” says Raphael Hanoteaux, CEE Bankwatch Network’s EU Policy Officer.
June 15, 2017
Almost none of the planned coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans will meet new, stricter EU pollution standards, the Czech Republic-based non-governmental organisation CEE Bankwatch Network has said. Source: Planned coal-fired power plants in
June 14, 2017
Most Western Balkans countries rely heavily for power on coal plants, and most of the new ones being built will not meet European environmental standards, warned a report from a watchdog group. Source: New Balkan Coal Plants ‘Will Pollute Environment’