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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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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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“Poland will continue to back coal (…) The future of Polish energy is in brown and black coal, as well as shale gas,” said on Tuesday Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, speaking at an event of the extractive industry. cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog This is, of course, the same Donald Tusk that will host… » read more

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by Kuba Gogolewski, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog On Monday Polish NGOs Client Earth, Workshop for all Beings, Greenpeace, WWF and local community group Eco-Kociewie petitioned the General Director of Environmental Protection to cancel the environmental impact assessment permit for the Polnoc Power Plant in northern Poland. At a whopping 2 gigawatts, the Polnoc plant… » read more

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While the EU’s future common agricultural policy is taking shape in Brussels, it’s not just there that major agri-business interests are flexing their muscles to take the ‘green-ness’ out of EU agricultural spending. Interview with Estonian EU funds campaigner Triinu Vaab, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020 grind… » read more

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While the G8 leaders claim they are at war with tax avoidance, their own bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is involved in deals linked to offshore financial centres. by Anne-Sophie Simpere, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Tackling tax avoidance was one of David Cameron’s priorities for the UK-hosted G8 meeting during the… » read more

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The news circulated yesterday that Mikhail Beketov, a Russian journalist who campaigned against corrupt practices in connection to the planned highway construction through Khimki Forest, has died. This guest post by Mikhail Matveev and Ivan Smirnov, fellow Khimki activists, tells Beketov’s story. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Mikhail Matveev and Ivan Smirnov, Khimki forest… » read more

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A potential cooperation between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the agro-corporation Monsanto has thankfully not come to fruition. The case highlights the difficulties for a large development bank to reach farmers on the ground. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Pippa Gallop, Bankwatch’s research coordinator You may remember that in November 2012… » read more

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Europe’s anti-crisis measures include efforts to increase private investments in public infrastructure. Yet, a backlash against public-private partnerships in Portugal is a warning against putting too much faith in this approach. Many reactions to the solutions proposed by Europe’s political leaders to the deepening and spreading eurozone crisis seem to revolve around two things: scepticism… » read more

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