Increased activity by sanctioned Chinese defence companies in the Western Balkans

Serbia Serbia’s purchase of missiles and armed drones made it the first European country to enter a defence cooperation with China. Serbia also allowed Chinese security forces to train on European soil. Read more Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina has received three Chinese donations of military equipment for its army’s Engineering Corps. The last,… Continue reading Increased activity by sanctioned Chinese defence companies in the Western Balkans

Bosnia Pollution: Toxic air costs Tuzla city almost $400M

As the European Union shuts down coal-fired power plants, Balkan countries are planning to build new ones. Among them is Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the UN says is estimated to be the second worst country in the world for air pollution, trailing only China. Asim Beslija has this report from the city of Tuzla, where… Continue reading Bosnia Pollution: Toxic air costs Tuzla city almost $400M

Coming up for clean air in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Dayton Accords reached 22 years ago heralded an era of peace for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yet the country is now estimated to be the second deadliest in the world for another killer, responsible for more lives lost worldwide than any war – air pollution. Electricity produced from coal can appear cheap in the short-term.… Continue reading Coming up for clean air in Bosnia and Herzegovina

„Neue Seidenstrasse“ in Südosteuropa: Klimaschutzmaßnahmen mit chinesischen Merkmalen?

Von Wawa Wang, Senior Advisor to VedvarendeEnergi Anfang Juni dieser Woche trafen sich die EU und China, um Differenzen auszuräumen, unter anderem, wie EU-Vizepräsident Josep Borrell es ausdrückte, die „systemische Rivalität“ zwischen der EU und China. Chinas Botschafter bei der EU hingegen sagte ohne Umschweife, dass es keinen „grundlegenden Unterschied“ zwischen beiden gibt. Angesichts der… Continue reading „Neue Seidenstrasse“ in Südosteuropa: Klimaschutzmaßnahmen mit chinesischen Merkmalen?

Why must the EU solve Chinese coal problems in Southeast Europe?

In June, EU and China met to iron out their differences, chief among them, as the EU’s Vice-President Josef Borrell put it, the “systemic rivalry” between EU and China. China’s ambassador to the EU, on the other hand, minced his words and assured that there would be no “fundamental difference” between the two. Nevertheless, of all the important… Continue reading Why must the EU solve Chinese coal problems in Southeast Europe?

The problem with Tuzla 7 coal-fire power station

Key concerns for the Tuzla 7 project There is an ongoing review by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Review Committee into Bosnia and Herzegovina’s refusal of access to justice.2 In 2019, the European Commissioner for Enlargement strongly criticized Bosnia and Herzegovina’s parliament for approving a state guarantee for a loan from China Eximbank.3This guarantee would contravene… Continue reading The problem with Tuzla 7 coal-fire power station

Bosnia and Herzegovina: dying for coal

On all Saints day, people had come from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even from abroad, to honour their loved ones at the cemetary of the Divkovici village, in Bosian and Herzegovina. That’s where we met Goran Stojak, who recently lost his father to lung cancer. In the last four months, six people… Continue reading Bosnia and Herzegovina: dying for coal