A Partnership of unequals - Electricity exports from the eastern neighbourhood and western Balkans

July 19, 2012 | 00:00

A Partnership of unequals - Electricity exports from the eastern neighbourhood and western Balkans

Cooperation in the energy sector is one of the European Union’s key priorities in its relationships with neighbouring states. Although the promotion of energy efficiency, energy savings and the use of renewable energy sources should be the primary areas of cooperation along with “energy security”, the latter receives the lion’s share of attention and in several cases also a disproportionally large amount of financial support. This can have several negative environmental and social implications as this study shows.

A new Bankwatch study, "A Partnership of unequals - Electricity exports from the eastern neighbourhood and western Balkans" looks at Ukrainian nuclear power, and Georgian and Balkans hydro development, examining to what extent such energy investments are made for the benefit of EU electricity import needs, and at the expense of local populations and environment.

To read the full study, click here.

 

 

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