How to improve disclosure in World Bank public-private partnership projects?
January 19, 2016
The World Bank is currently inviting comments for its consultation on disclosure in public-private partnership projects. Deadline for inputs 29th February 2016.
Guest post: Throwing evidence to the wind? The World Bank continues pushing PPPs
September 30, 2015
Although World Bank research and documents acknowledge the limitations of public-private partnerships the bank continues to push PPPs despite concerns.
[Campaign update] Kostolac B3 lignite plant loan agreement bypasses public debate and contains unacceptable conditions
January 16, 2015
The Serbian parliament will on Monday vote on the ratification of a USD 608 million loan agreement from the China ExIm Bank for the construction of the 350 MW Kostolac B3 lignite power plant by Chinese company CMEC. Serbia’s latest addition to its huge debt burden is being presented as a great success, but a new lignite plant is more likely to end up as a weight around our necks as we move towards the EU and apply EU climate policies.
PPPs a threat to national security, says Czech national security service BIS
November 21, 2013
The complicated nature, hidden future debts and other characteristics of public-private partnerships have led the Czech Republic’s national security service to consider them a potential threat to public interests.
Public-private partnerships in the EU at lowest level for ten years, but more blood transfusions from project bonds coming soon
November 7, 2012
Although public-private partnerships appear to become increasingly untenable for public authorities, they are further being promoted by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. An official in-depth evaluation of this financing model, however, is still nowhere to be seen.
What goes around, comes around: Portugal’s debt boomerangs back on public-private partnerships
August 10, 2012
Europe’s anti-crisis measures include efforts to increase private investments in public infrastructure. Yet, a backlash against public-private partnerships in Portugal is a warning against putting too much faith in this approach.