The NGO network CEE Bankwatch says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development urgently needs to reduce its carbon-heavy investments in new motorways and air travel, and instead promote transport that assists the transition to a low-carbon economy. Its comments come in a consultation by the Bank on how it decides its transport lending in central and eastern Europe. Bankwatch also says the Bank’s ‘private sector at just about all costs’ approach is leading to bad lending decisions, and it should ensure that railway restructuring does not become a misleading term that takes trade off the rails because of higher costs.
Editorial by João Vieira, T&E board member
Portugal is not normally the socio-economic laboratory of Europe, but a recent debate that has crossed traditional party-political lines shows that some lessons are gradually being learned that might
be of wider relevance.
Position paper in response to the European Commission green paper 'TEN-T: A Policy Review'
Environmental groups in Slovakia have written to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), asking them not to give loans for a €570 million public-private partnership for the Turany-Hubova section of the D1 motorway.
One of the most publicised road building battles of recent years ended last month when the Polish government said the Via Baltica trans-European motorway would not be routed through the Rospuda Valley, a Natura 2000 protected area.
The Commission is asking for countries to apply for grants to build European transport infrastructure.
Environmental NGOs from central and eastern Europe are asking the Commission to keep a closer watch on major road schemes that involve private funding.
Future funding for trans-European transport networks should be determined by climate concerns, according to an EU green paper published earlier this month.
The highest administrative court in Poland has ruled that the controversial Augustow by-pass planned to cut through pristine and protected wetlands in the Rospuda Valley is illegal. But environmental groups are warning that the Polish government is trying to 're-brand' the route under a different road scheme.
The Spanish government says it wants to cut back on environmental impact assessments to help the construction industry.