European Commission complicit in EU nature law violations in Bulgaria’s Kresna gorge
October 18, 2017
The government is heading downhill in the Kresna Gorge with an EU funded motorway project. The European Commission watches the tragedy unfold and overlooks persisting procedural and legal flaws.
Bulgaria’s Struma motorway becomes test case for European Commission’s commitment to EU nature protection law
September 14, 2017
With crude manipulations, the Bulgarian government is trying to push through a contended motorway route that would damage the country’s biodiversity hotspot in breach of EU law and international conventions. It expects that the European Commission will sit, watch and pay for it.
Legal complaint lodged to save protected Bulgarian Gorge from destructive motorway
July 12, 2017
A controversial EU-funded motorway is allegedly already breaking EU nature laws. Its completion through the Kresna Gorge nature reserve would be catastrophic for protected animals and plants in the region. A legal complaint calls on the Commission to investigate breaches of EU law.
Illegal damage and threat of destruction of the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria – full complaint
July 12, 2017
This complaint to the EU Commission was lodged to save the protected Bulgarian Kresna Gorge from a destructive motorway that received EU funding. It alleges that the construction of the controversial motorway is already breaking EU nature laws, and war
Bulgaria risks unnecessary breach of nature laws, threatening EUR 800 million of EU funding
March 2, 2017
The building of an EU-funded motorway linking Bulgaria and Greece, through Kresna Gorge – a stunning wildlife haven protected by EU nature laws – would be a disaster for nature and local people, and could result in up to €781 million being returned to the European Commission, claim Bulgarian and international NGO experts.
The Bratislava bypass – a public-private partnership to get around traffic problems and debt statistics
December 19, 2016
In this report, Bankwatch and Counter Balance trace the murky story of the Bratislava bypass, a EUR 1.76 billion project supported by the Slovak government and promoted as the biggest project in central eastern Europe that was guaranteed through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
EU ministers approve ‘Juncker plan’ extension
December 6, 2016
EU finance ministers approved on Tuesday (6 December) the extension of the European fund for strategic investment (EFSI) until 2020, provided some changes are made in the way it works. Source: EU ministers approve ‘Juncker plan’ extension