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European Investment Bank confirms plans to finance Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

On February 2, during the annual meeting between civil society and the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Board of Directors, the EIB revealed that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) was among its priority projects for 2015 in the Balkans.[*] By Kuba Gogolewski, MENA project coordinator, crossposted from Bankwatch website The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, planned to stretch from Greece […]

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Pipe Dreams: Why the Southern Gas Corridor will not reduce EU dependency on Russia

Brussels – The Southern Gas Corridor*, the EU’s new pet energy project, is not only unnecessary in light of gas demand projections, but also seems likely to fall short on the much flaunted goal of bringing energy independence from Russia, according to a new NGO study “Pipe Dreams”* published today. According to calculations included in […]

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Energy security for Europe or profit for Lukoil?

Despite the Russian invasion in Ukraine leading to EU and US sanctions against Moscow and major Russian energy companies, public banks supported by EU countries are just gearing up to offer a one billion dollar loan to Russian company Lukoil for gas extraction in Azerbaijan. By Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath EBRD campaign coordinator Half a billion dollars […]

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The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline – another ‘Blair rich project’

From Bankwatch Mail The hiring of former British prime minister Tony Blair to advise a BP-led consortium pushing forward with plans to pump Caspian gas from Azerbaijan to Europe has bumped the ‘Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline’ (ECMP) into western media coverage and lead to criticism of yet another unsavoury Blair consultancy. While the gas pipeline infrastructure […]

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Reacció a l’informe 9 del Consell Assessor per a la Transició Nacional. “L’abastament d’energia”

El Consell Assessor per a la Transició Nacional de la Generalitat de Catalunya va publicar la setmana passada un document amb títol “l’abastament d’aigua i energia” que constitueix el novè informe sobre diferents temàtiques encarregades al Consell. Aquest informe hauria de ser de transició, és a dir, hauria de passar des de la situació actual […]

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Streamlining environmental assessment procedures for Projects of Common Interest (PCIs)

This briefing outlines the environmental legislation related to investments that have been designated as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). Through this briefing we explain for a range of stakeholders – namely civil society organizations (CSOs), local municipalities and national authorities – what are the PCIs and why these audiences should ensure that these projects do […]

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Massive EU gas investment a mistake

By Xavier Sol and Kuba Gogolewski, originally appeared in EU Observer BRUSSELS – Friday’s (27 June) gathering of EU ministers is the second time this month to discuss, among other things, Europe’s supply of natural gas.The crisis in Ukraine has been a wakeup call, exposing Brussels’ weak position vis-a-vis Russia which delivers 25 per cent […]

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Massive EU infrastructure priority projects lack mandatory environmental assessment

EU heads of state gathering today and tomorrow will discuss the European Energy Security Strategy promoting a number of massive infrastructure projects which include gas pipelines, LNG terminals and storage facilities even though their overall environmental impact has not been adequately assessed. Environmentalists are currently battling the European Commission over this issue in Court. The […]

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Recommendations for the Improvement of the PCI Designation Process and the Public Consultation

On the basis of the TEN-E regulation 12 strategic priority corridors for energy infrastructure with a cross-border dimension have been identified. A list of Projects of Common Interests (PCIs) has been approved by European Commission in October 2013. Yet, the consultation process of the first PCI list has been far from perfect and the list […]

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No more gas!

The crisis in Ukraine has put energy security (and especially the dependence on Russian gas) on top of the political agenda in the European Union again. However, the EU’s response has been uninspired so far and largely consists of building more gas infrastructure even though demand has fallen for the forth year in a row […]

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