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Croatia’s new Law on Strategic Investments does not bode well for the sustainable use of EU funds in Croatia, now that the country has become an EU member state. by Marijan Galociv, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog If there’s one thing we can be sure about Croatia’s accession to the European Union on July 1,… » read more

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The neglect by international financial institutions of the Western Balkans sustainable energy potential will cost the region’s public heavily for years to come. Figures collected in a new study illustrate how the different international lenders perform in the region. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I’ve been living in Croatia on and off… » 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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A Croation winner of Bankwatch’s Better Ideas contest for sustainable EU Funds has just begun implementing their project. The positive responses from their community and the successful start illustrate that “small is beautiful” can also apply to Cohesion Policy. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Marijan Galovic, Croatian campaigner and resource efficiency expert In the… » read more

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A roundtable discussion on European public banks and energy lending brought together Members of the European Parliament and non-governmental organisations, while the public banks themselves chose to stay away. Posted by Berber Verpoest, Media officer for the Counter Balance coalition. (Cross-posted and slightly edited version from the Counter Balance blog.) “It’s your energy” goes the… » read more

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A new report takes a critical look at the engagement of European development banks in Egypt after the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North African region. This article appeared originally on the Counter Balance blog and has been shortened and slightly edited. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Berber Verpoest, Media officer for… » read more

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Poland’s government is hasting to adopt liberal shale gas legislation. It tries to avoid any interference by factually excluding local opposition movements and by pre-empting the development of an EU wide framework on unconventional fossil fuels. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ola Antonowicz, campaigner in Polish Green Network Amid the excitement about a European… » read more

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Following a fake press release in which the EIB ‘announced’ its divestment from coal, activists struck again the next day during the bank’s annual press conference. EIB President Werner Hoyer received the 2013 ‘World Coal Down’ award on behalf of all EU citizens. Unfortunately he had to put an end to the rumours of the… » read more

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