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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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Just as Bankwatch published a new infographic juxtaposing the European Investment Bank’s beneficial and harmful energy lending, Europe’s political leaders have set a priority for energy investments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and focus on clean energy instead. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Bankwatch web editor One of the agenda points… » read more

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The European Parliament yesterday chastised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its explicit interest in financing a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo. NGOs hope the bank will pay more attention to the Parliament than it did to civil society and energy experts so far. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol,… » read more

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Following a fake press release in which the EIB ‘announced’ its divestment from coal, activists struck again the next day during the bank’s annual press conference. EIB President Werner Hoyer received the 2013 ‘World Coal Down’ award on behalf of all EU citizens. Unfortunately he had to put an end to the rumours of the… » read more

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A Bankwatch competition for ideas for EU funds investments that benefit the sustainable development of European communities could offer inspiration for EU and national decision makers. At the final award ceremony in Brussels, the winners told us about their ideas and how EU funding could benefit their countries. Posted on the Bankwatch blog by Patrycja… » read more

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A meeting of civil society and the European Investment Bank’s Board of Directors saw a surprising degree of agreement between two often adverse groups. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Anna Roggenbuck, EIB campaign coordinator This week saw the second ever meeting between the European Investment Bank’s Board of Directors and civil society representatives. It… » read more

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A campaign against a new lignite power plant in Kosovo uses World Bank figures to highlight the health damage resulting from pollution. Posted on the Bankwatch blog by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Bankwatch web editor We blogged last week about a new coal power plant near Pristina in Kosovo, that is due to receive support by the… » read more

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The Polish government has a sad reputation for adopting unilateral, even obscure approaches when it comes to our country’s energy policy. What now came as a very disappointing surprise is that the Polish parliament joined the opportunistic chorus of denial – one that considers alternatives to the continued reliance on fossil fuels as a threat… » read more

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Continued debates about a reduction of the future EU budget jeopardise the potential of using EU funds for energy efficiency and renewables investments to provide necessary economic stimulus and climate mitigation. How much money is needed to create 62 300 jobs and how much to save 523 megatonnes of CO2 emissions annually? Yesterday’s General Affairs… » read more

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