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While the EU’s future common agricultural policy is taking shape in Brussels, it’s not just there that major agri-business interests are flexing their muscles to take the ‘green-ness’ out of EU agricultural spending. Interview with Estonian EU funds campaigner Triinu Vaab, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020 grind… » read more

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The neglect by international financial institutions of the Western Balkans sustainable energy potential will cost the region’s public heavily for years to come. Figures collected in a new study illustrate how the different international lenders perform in the region. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I’ve been living in Croatia on and off… » read more

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How is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development able to justify a brand new host country agreement with Egypt, given the abuses still being endured in Egypt and the failure of one billion euros of EU money to improve the economic and human rights situation there? by Anne-Sophie Simpere, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog… » read more

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While the G8 leaders claim they are at war with tax avoidance, their own bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is involved in deals linked to offshore financial centres. by Anne-Sophie Simpere, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Tackling tax avoidance was one of David Cameron’s priorities for the UK-hosted G8 meeting during the… » read more

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A Croation winner of Bankwatch’s Better Ideas contest for sustainable EU Funds has just begun implementing their project. The positive responses from their community and the successful start illustrate that “small is beautiful” can also apply to Cohesion Policy. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Marijan Galovic, Croatian campaigner and resource efficiency expert In the… » read more

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During the last months, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has come out with positive statements about shale gas investments, most recently on Poland – a rather rash endorsement of the controversial technology. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol, Bankwatch energy campaigner In February this year the EBRD’s managing director for energy… » read more

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A quick visit to the Kolubara mining basin reveals that the resettlement there looks nothing like the presentation from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that financed the project to which it is related. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Nikola Perusic, Campaigner in Serbian Bankwatch member group CEKOR During a recent visit to… » read more

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A roundtable discussion on European public banks and energy lending brought together Members of the European Parliament and non-governmental organisations, while the public banks themselves chose to stay away. Posted by Berber Verpoest, Media officer for the Counter Balance coalition. (Cross-posted and slightly edited version from the Counter Balance blog.) “It’s your energy” goes the… » read more

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