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How to overcome the stagnation in the Czech renewable energy sector? Ending the government’s crusade against renewable support schemes would be a good starting point, writes Karel Polanecky from Bankwatch’s member group Hnuti Duha, Friends of the Earth Czech Republic.   cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   Power production from renewable energy sources in the… » read more

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The Energy Union must find ways to prevent state support for the production of fossil fuel energy by the European Union’s immediate neighbours. The EU cannot afford to have newly acceding members holding up progress towards the new 2030 climate goals or watering down future policy making. by Ioana Ciuta, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog… » read more

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On February 2, during the annual meeting between civil society and the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Board of Directors, the EIB revealed that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) was among its priority projects for 2015 in the Balkans.[*] by Kuba Gogolewski, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, planned to stretch from Greece via Albania… » read more

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The low-carbon energy ambitions of Polish regions for future EU funding are very diverse with only a few promising cases as an analysis of the Operational Programmes of Polish regions shows. by Julia Krzyszkowska, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Poland is currently in the final stages of planning how European funds under EU Cohesion Policy… » read more

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The recent rejection to release Evgeny Vitishko’s, an imprisoned environmental activist in Russia, illustrates the backlash against fundamental rights and freedoms in some countries. Multilateral development banks need to take notice of this trend and be more wary of the risk that their lending may strengthen authoritarian regimes. by Klara Sikorova, cross-posted from the Bankwatch… » read more

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Seasoned Bankwatch-watchers may recall our successful four-year campaign to stop the EBRD from financing a waste incinerator just outside Zagreb. Between 2005 and 2008, we supported Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and local group UZOR to prevent the City of Zagreb from building a huge 385 000 tonnes per year waste incinerator in Resnik… » read more

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Protests against the Khudoni mega-dam in Georgia are spreading beyond the local communities affected by the dam. by David Chipashvili, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog We recently reported how local opposition against the Khudoni hydropower plant project in Georgia is being stifled by government figures and how people were intimidated to avoid negative reporting on… » read more

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Guest post from Justin Guay, Sierra Club In case you missed it, the tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international financial institution (IFI) energy lending. Just weeks after President Obama announced an end to US taxpayer support for overseas coal plants, two of the world’s largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Lv9vFCUmGKI” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This year, the European Commission and Parliament alongside governments of member states are meant to decide the shape of the next one trillion EU Budget (to be used between 2014-2020). The main debate, at the moment, is between net contributors asking to decrease the overall size of the budget… » read more

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by Berber Verpoest Shifting gears from the austerity years, EU leaders recently proposed injecting EUR 120 billion into the European economy.

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