28 September 2017

Despite multiple climate action commitments the EU budget and European public banks continue to finance fossil fuel production and consumption across the EU and internationally.

This study shows the scale of the problem with the EU providing an annual average of €4bn in fossil fuel subsidies through its budget, development and investment banks and funds. The growing support for gas, and the continued provision of support for coal-fired power, are particularly concerning. 

28 September 2016

The European Fund for Strategic Investments was established in 2015 to power-charge post-crisis Europe and provide a much-needed impulse for de-carbonising its economies. Yet, during its first year, the fund leveraged EUR 1.5 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, and 68% of transport investment is destined for carbon-intensive projects. This report shows why the Investment Plan for Europe does not drive the sustainable energy transition.

26 January 2016

This new research shows that EU billions destined to transform the carbon-intensive, inefficient energy systems of central and eastern Europe (CEE) are being misspent. In nine CEE countries only 7 per cent of the 178 billion euros in European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds will be invested into renewables, energy efficiency and SMART grids, and the integration of climate considerations into all plans and projects – as required under EU law – remains superficial.

15 December 2015

An assessment of the application of the "European Code of Conduct on Partnership" during the establishment of the national implementation bodies and the first phase of ESI Funds implementation in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

11 December 2014

This report presents an analysis of the planned spending of European Structural and Investment funds in the Czech Republic,
Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia for 2014-2020.

23 June 2014

Following the entry into force in December 2013 of the legislation on EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Member States began elaborating their framework planning documents on EU regional development funding, namely Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, laying down investment strategies and plans for the next generation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

30 November 2013

This paper, from Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch, assesses the progress, or otherwise, of environmental mainstreaming within Cohesion Policy programming in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

3 December 2012

Our report analyses the investment needs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy, and the positive effects this will have on employment and regional development. We looked at over 20 different EU, governmental, academic, NGO and expert sources listing the needs of seven new member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The conclusions provide an interesting outlook for the next financial period of the EU budget, 2014-2020.


18 October 2012

With €350 billion for the period 2007-2013, the EU's Cohesion Policy is a formidable investment tool for promoting regional development across the 27 Member States. While the EU is misguided in many of the projects it supports, through investments promoting fossil fuels, carbon-intensive projects or the destruction of nature, sometimes it does get it right.

3 July 2012

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in this critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.