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The manipulation of a tender for a metro line extension in Prague – financially supported via EU funds and the European Investment Bank (EIB) has not only resulted in a huge EU funds fine, but also raises questions about the EIB’s ability to identify and avoid mismanagement in the infrastructure projects it finances. by Petr… » 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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As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development revises its safeguard policies, the Aid Transparency Index ranks its commitment to openness and transparency as the weakest in comparison with similar institutions. by Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The 2013 Aid Transparency Index came out last week and confirmed my suspicion that the EBRD… » read more

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The likely allocation of EU funds is set to bring about a breakthrough success for a popular and dearly needed campaign for better air quality in Krakow, Poland. by Markus Trilling, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As the now frankly absurd EU budget 2014-2020 stalemate staggers on in Brussels, it’s been heartening to get wind… » 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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Protests against the Khudoni mega-dam in Georgia are spreading beyond the local communities affected by the dam. by David Chipashvili, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog We recently reported how local opposition against the Khudoni hydropower plant project in Georgia is being stifled by government figures and how people were intimidated to avoid negative reporting on… » read more

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Statements and behaviour of Georgian authorities show their determination to go ahead with the construction of the huge Khudoni dam that would displace more than 2000 indigenious Svans, regardless of public protests. At the same time the project company’s set-up raises questions about ulterior motives. by Petr Hlobil, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Svaneti, a… » read more

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A new law that will redraw the Czech Republic’s approach to renewable energy is suspected to bring the development of the Czech renewables sector to a standstill and instead provide a boost for the country’s fossil fuel sector. by Ondrej Pasek, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog No sooner had Polish prime minister Donald Tusk reaffirmed… » read more

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In an open letter sent today to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 54 civil society organisations follow up from last weeks consultations on the bank’s new energy sector strategy and ask the president to ensure that the EBRD addresses the challenges of climate change with the urgency it deserves. We… » 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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