Europe’s energy citizens are on the rise – if we let them
November 6, 2017
Small-scale renewable energy sources are being built all over Europe. Examples from the Czech Republic show that their success depends on adjusting them to the local environment and making sources for financing, such as EU funding, more accessible.
Commission must involve the people in next EU budget debate
July 5, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron is right to propose public debates on the Future of Europe. But the EU budget is where change will first manifest itself.
Commission pitch for Europe’s future funding must be a People’s Budget
June 27, 2017
A growing movement of civil society across Europe has launched its own call for a reformed EU budget that unlocks a positive, people-centered and sustainable future for a new Europe
Local initiatives champion sustainability and resilience in central and eastern Europe
March 26, 2015
A new website with inspiring stories of local sustainable initiatives shows the very real change that small-scale projects can make for local communities.
Democratising Cohesion Policy – Slovakia not ready to put EU funds spending in citizens’ hands
July 10, 2013
With today’s approval of the watered down proposals to reform EU Structural Funds in the European Parliament’s committee for regional development (see our press release), EU decision makers have taken a step away from ambitious environmental spending in the future Cohesion Policy. At the same time also national level allocation of the 2014-2020 funds is starting to take shape. But efforts to get the funds working sustainably for, and on behalf of, needy local communities are being thwarted in Slovakia – for a range of all too familiar reasons.