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‘We have no other option’ – Albanian communities face unjust resettlement process for Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

By Anna Roggenbuck, originally published by CEE Bankwatch Network. What is a perceived source of security for some can be a source of instability for others’ lives. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the most western part of the Southern Gas Corridor, a pipeline project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe is promoted by the […]

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Lost in transition: Far-reaching changes needed as European bank marks 25 years

On April 15, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will be marking its 25th anniversary. Reflecting on two decades of monitoring the EBRD’s policies and projects, a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network raises concerns about a growing gap between the bank’s operations and its mandate. The full report Lost in Transition: 25 […]

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Glass Half Full? The State of Accountability in Development Finance

New research report finds development banks do not provide adequate remedy for people affected by their projects Download the full report and its annexes – including the annex on the European Investment Bank. Civil society calls on development banks to strengthen their systems to protect those harmed by the activities they finance. Counter Balance is […]

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“Italian Malaffare, European money”

Or how the European Union funds Italian mega projects linked to corruption Italy’s got a bad reputation of bribing and institutionalised corruption, everybody knows that. Even the European Union. Nevertheless, it does not contradict the mega projects mantra. In fact, there is an institution that never refrains from helping our companies in constructing mega projects. […]

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Opening the EU Black Box Energy metabolism, dependence and geopolitics

The report ‘Opening the EU Black Box Energy metabolism, dependence and geopolitics’ was produced by our partner organisation ODG. Read the full report here. The social metabolism of the EU behaves like a black box. Its internal functioning, and the mechanisms that promote the entry and exit of energy and materials from interior, hide behind […]

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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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The Network for Energy Sovereignty in Catalonia undertakes its first ‘Toxic Tour’

The group denounces the unsustainability of the current energy model dominated by monopolies and fossil fuels The Network for Energy Sovereignty, a Catalan network formed by diverse social movements, NGOs and individuals that seeks to reclaim energy sovereignty (understood as the right of the population to decide), undertook a three day tour on 26-28 September […]

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Stuck in the market? 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: what now for the EBRD?

Harsh, embedded economic realities such as widespread, high unemployment across central and eastern Europe, as well as the discernible trend of democratic retrenchment in several EBRD recipient countries, are resulting in very mixed feelings about the transition process in this year of important anniversaries. This new analysis of how the EBRD conducts its financing and […]

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New mega gas pipelines redundant according to the EU’s own projections

  The EU’s plans for large new gas import pipelines and LNG terminals to Europe, outlined in the European Commission’s October 2013 list of priority energy projects as well as in the May blueprint for energy security to be discussed during tomorrow’s Energy Council (1), are not only counter to the EU’s long-term climate goals […]

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Energy, work and finance

Politicians and environmental activists often make it seem as if a transition to a green, climate-friendly energy future were primarily a matter of finding and deploying trillions of dollars to replace fossil fuels, improve energy efficiency, solve energy poverty, and so on. But they seldom ask just what these “trillions” might consist of, what ATM […]

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