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Something quite amazing happened yesterday evening in Zagreb. The Croatian police and the State Prosecutor announced that several people had been arrested on suspicion of a number of criminal corruption offences, abuse of office and peddling influence. Among the arrested were Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, Head of Zagreb Holding municipal company Slobodan Ljubicic, the head… » read more

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A new report shows how private western-based companies are benefiting from multilateral development banks’ support while governments and citizens in recipient countries are delegated to the sidelines. by Claudia Ciobanu, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) launched today the study A Private Affair in which it shows how… » read more

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A new report by the Belgrade-based NGO CRTA shows that the Serbian government is supporting the Kostolac coal power plant and mines with loan guarantees and potentially VAT exemptions. Propping up the already dominant coal sector, however, will likely further increase Serbia’s vulnerability to extreme weather events. Increasing Serbia’s energy efficiency and renewables generation would… » read more

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Montenegro’s new draft energy strategy needs cutting down to size if environmental and economic damage is to be avoided. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Looking at the Montenegro government’s draft White Paper on the country’s Energy Development Strategy until 2030, due to be approved on June 19, you would never think that… » read more

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It’s not that easy to pull off a celebratory mood this 1st of May, even though on this date we mark the anniversary of 10 years since most of central and eastern Europe joined the European Union. by Claudia Ciobanu, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Europe’s coming out of the economic crisis is murky, far-right… » read more

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A highly problematic Danube dam project has found its way into the Slovak Operational Programme for the Cohesion Policy spending in the 2014-2020 period and has become a small scandal in the country. by Roman Havlicek and Miroslav Mojzis, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Following publication of this blog, a meeting was requested and convened… » read more

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The Partnership Agreement (the main strategic document underpinning the new Cohesion Policy) is the place to state not only intentions but commitments, yet the latter are missing in Slovakia’s EU funds blueprint for now. by Miroslav Mojzis, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The EU funds programming process in Slovakia is gaining speed as it enters… » read more

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by Ivo Kropacek, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The Czech Republic’s long-standing difficulties in realising major waste incinerator schemes via EU funds investments have taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks as the European Commission has poured cold water on the country’s incineration plans, both as they apply to the 2007-2013 EU funding… » read more

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Georgian public opinion backs the village of Kaishi in the Georgian mountains that defiantly defends its land and tradition against the planned Khudoni dam. The project promoters have now embarked on an all-out promotion campaign including a fake non-governmental organisation. by David Chipashvili, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Local communities that are demanding fair treatment… » read more

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The findings of a visit to the EBRD sponsored Patos Marinza oil field in Albania show how local development and investments in resource extraction often do not go hand in hand. The case provides valuable lessons for the revision of the EBRD’s safeguard policies. by David Hoffman, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I first visited… » read more

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