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Clear guidance is needed more than public assurances to make the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) be indeed a vehicle for energy efficiency. Counter to public statements, the current set-up does not promise to be effective. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a press release today, the European Commission expressed great… » read more

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Building the Energy Union, the European Commission pretends that all is well for renewables in Croatia and unnecessarily fixates on diversifying gas supply instead of managing demand. by Toni Vidan, Energy programme co-ordinator at Zelena Akcija, Croatia; cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the… » read more

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To make sure Latvia’s energy path does not lead into a dead end for sustainability, the Energy Union should facilitate alternatives to unsustainable fuelwood. by Juris Dilba, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog (Image by Artis Pupins – CC BY 2.0) In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the implications that… » read more

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Hungary needs to transform its energy sector. But can the Energy Union kickstart such change? The vision presented by the European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič includes a few promising nuggets, but overall risks reinforcing the status quo. by Alexa Botár, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are… » read more

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More clarity is needed regarding the Energy Union’s priorities for the Czech Republic. by Ondrej Pasek, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (Image by epp group – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). The European Commission has been hard at work devising the EU’s new energy strategy. It is touted as an ambitious new path for a unified, sustainable… » read more

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EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the implementation of the Energy Union. Looking at what has been discussed so far, the strategy may not prioritise energy efficiency enough to help Europe become climate-friendly. by Petr Hlobil, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss… » read more

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As investors and officials are promoting a gas pipeline project from the Caspian Sea to Italy, the systematic repression of human rights in Azerbaijan is hardly on the official agenda. The Aliyev regime’s weakly veiled attempts to muzzle dissent illustrate how even the most repressive governments are acceptable partners for Europe’s pet energy projects. by… » read more

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Western Balkan countries have ambitious plans to increase their electricity generation over the next years. But what will happen if they all become a regional energy hub? Will there be a demand for all the available electricity? by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Hardly a week goes by without the media in the… » 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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A report published today analyses the process with which 7000 are to be resettled for the Kosovo lignite mine and concludes that the World Bank-financed process does not comply with the bank’s own standards and is plagued by a slew of other weaknesses. by Dajana Berisha Executive director, Forum for Civic Initiatives, Kosovo; cross-posted from… » read more

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