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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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Just a few weeks before leading international climate negotiations at the COP 19 in Warsaw, and in the face of the new IPCC report’s dire conclusions, the Polish government is again obstructing European emissions reduction ambitions. cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog “The European Commission wants to set new climate goals for 2030,” Polish Deputy Prime… » 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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As part of the consultation on its energy sector strategy the EBRD next week hosts public meetings in Istanbul, Belgrade and Moscow to discuss with civil society from its countries of operation. While public pressure is increasing to end coal financing it is important to note that restrictions to carbon-intensive investments must be strictly and… » read more

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For the last couple of years, we have been calling on the European Investment Bank to drop coal lending. Finally, we’re starting to see some results. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Last Friday, the EIB published a new energy lending policy, which shall be in place for some five-six years. Already in… » read more

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Adequate decision making on energy policies must be based on accurate information and cannot rely on outdated knowledge and misconceptions. A new series of fact sheets explores the myths and facts of Europe’s energy sector. by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Energy is an important issue cutting across some of the big problems… » read more

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The current review of the European Investment Bank’s mandate for lending outside of the EU brings some of the pitfalls of the bank’s development lending to the fore and offers a chance for improvements. by Xavier Sol, cross-posted from the Counter Balance blog “The European Investment Bank is not a development bank, it is an… » read more

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With today’s approval of the watered down proposals to reform EU Structural Funds in the European Parliament’s committee for regional development (see our press release), EU decision makers have taken a step away from ambitious environmental spending in the future Cohesion Policy. At the same time also national level allocation of the 2014-2020 funds is… » read more

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So far the planning for Latvia’s use of the EU funds for the 2014-2020 period has been a reasonably positive experience from a partnership perspective. Yet the process that has, until recently, been notable for its transparency and high level of public participation is now in danger of being derailed. by Alda Ozola*, cross-posted from… » read more

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It may have been easy in the past for Europeans to bash the US for being retrograde when it comes to climate policies, but after last week it will get more difficult to do that. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Just as the world is abuzz with Obama’s new climate pledges, below… » read more

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