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by Sophie Delaval, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The EBRD’s board of directors yesterday approved a USD 20 million loan for the expansion of Nestlé Egypt food production company. Leaving aside the question whether Nestlé – one of the world’s largest companies from one of the world’s richest countries – really qualifies for multilateral development… » read more

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As activists pointed out at a consultation meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia’s hydropower sector has plenty of lessons to be learned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. by David Chipashvili, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Yesterday in Tbilisi, during a public consultation on the good governance policies of the European Bank for Reconstruction and… » read more

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Six months after the Egyptian army deposed Egypt’s first freely elected president, the weak democratic signals by the authorities are overshadowed by widespread repression. How can the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development possibly help under these circumstances? Or put differently: Will the limited benefits to the country’s private sector from EBRD engagement really be… » read more

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On December 18 the EBRD board of directors approved a loan of USD 50 million to finance a project aimed at the expansion of oil operations and reducing gas flaring in Egypt. Yet the tenuous political situation in the country continues to raise concerns about the bank’s ability to make a positive contribution towards the… » read more

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Complimented for its restrictions of coal lending, a closer look at the EBRD’s new energy strategy reveals a shocking lack of operational knowledge to implement the ambitions outlined in its executive summary. by Ionut Apostol, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog On Tuesday this week, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a new… » read more

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United in spirit with yesterday’s blog post on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s coal lending, Visar Azemi from the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development calls on the UK government to not support the Kosova e Re lignite power plant via the World Bank and make its promise to end overseas coal… » read more

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With the United Kingdom, another major shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is divesting from coal overseas. What does this mean for the upcoming decision on the EBRD’s energy strategy? by Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The UK government yesterday announced that it would “end support for public financing of… » read more

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Monday morning in Warsaw, climate activists staged a public action in front of the Polish Ministry of Economy – the venue for the greenwashing Coal and Climate Summit – to voice their outrage and reiterate a simple reality: there is no such thing as clean coal. Organizations involved in the action included Polish Youth Climate… » read more

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A promotional video for an upcoming climate protest in Warsaw draws attention to the negative influence that coal has on our health and that coal businesses will have on the global climate negotiations. by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog With the COP19/CMP9 around the corner, this year’s host of the event, the Polish… » read more

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As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development revises its safeguard policies, the Aid Transparency Index ranks its commitment to openness and transparency as the weakest in comparison with similar institutions. by Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The 2013 Aid Transparency Index came out last week and confirmed my suspicion that the EBRD… » read more

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