Ukraine reconstruction: why we need electric urban transport investments now
October 25, 2022
A sustainable transport reconstruction in Ukraine’s cities should be a priority not only in long-term post-war recovery plans, but also in urgent support programs.
Towards a people-powered, green transformation in Almaty
February 16, 2022
The EBRD must move away from its carbon tunnel vision and widen its perspective on all impacts of climate investments in cities
The dark side of EBRD’s Green Cities
December 20, 2021
Residents of Almaty’s Kairat district are being suffocated by an illegal depot for diesel buses. They call on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to find a solution before the Bank approves a new loan for green public transport in Kazakhstan’s largest city.
Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina
January 29, 2021
The transport Corridor Vc is a motorway planned to run for 330 kilometers through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Various sections of this corridor are being financed by the EIB and the EBRD. This briefing provides an overview of the key issues identified by a Bankwatch fact finding mission to a section of the motorway project south of Mostar, including non-transparent decision making, a threat to the fragile balance of interests of different ethnic groups in this post-war community, illusory public consultations, and biodiversity at risk.
A treasured World Heritage Site in Bulgaria is under threat from a trans-European road network – Equal Times
June 19, 2019
From Valentin Stoichkov’s terrace, the views over the Pirin Mountains are breathtaking. The deputy mayor of the small town of Kresna, in south-western Bulgaria, has built an extension to his family’s modest dacha (summer home) in the foothills of this
Protests at pan-European motorway project as time runs out for key wildlife site
June 5, 2019
Dozens of activists from across Europe have protested and dropped a banner at an international road in Kresna gorge, Bulgaria, to protest against the lack of action from the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to save the key EU-protected wildlife site.
Kresna gorge / Struma motorway, Bulgaria
February 25, 2019
The Struma motorway is tragically emblematic of an EU-funded project that has wrought havoc on European biodiversity and the wishes of local communities. In spite of two decades of protest by civil society and citizens, part of the Struma motorway section is planned directly through the Kresna gorge, a Natura 2000 site and Bulgaria’s richest biodiversity hotspot.
New investigation in Kresna gorge reveals another major breach of law
February 15, 2019
An independent investigation by a Bulgarian TV channel bTV discovered progressing construction works in the Kresna gorge area even though the official procurement procedure is still ongoing.
Bulgaria, l’autostrada che divide
December 27, 2018
Un discusso progetto di collegamento tra Sofia e Salonicco, finanziato dall’Unione Europea, rischia di annientare in un sol colpo la più importante area protetta e uno dei maggiori siti archeologici del paese Source: Bulgaria, l’autostrada che divide
Eleventh hour for protected Kresna Gorge as Bulgaria presses on with destructive motorway
November 28, 2018
With construction advancing in Bulgaria’s Kresna gorge, discussion happening now at the Bern Convention in Strasbourg having taken on an increased sense of urgency.