European Commission

EC turns blind eye to failing public-private partnerships

European Commission turns blind eye to failing public-private partnerships, says new report (Brussels, 23 March 2010) -- A new report by the Public Service International Research Unit cautions the European Commission against enthusiastically endorsing public-private partnerships, contending that PPPs, as they are known, do not supplement public spending – they absorb it. The European Commission outlines high hopes for developing public-private partnerships in its EU 2020 strategy.
 

Privatisation and liberalisation cut electricity research and development

A new paper on research and development in electricity shows that spending on research and development has been dramatically cut by private companies, whereas state-owned electricity companies maintain it. It concludes that:
 

The eurozone: Athenian arrangers

The eurozone: Athenian arrangers
By Kerin Hope, Megan Murphy and Gillian Tett
Published: February 16 2010 19:59

Hungary: Pecs city council tries again to terminate Suez water contract

In September 2009 Pecs city council gave notice to Suez that, at the end of September, it would terminate the water contract with the joint Suez-municipal company Pecsi Vizmu (48% owned by Suez, 52% by the municipality), because of excessive profits and high prices: "the company's acquisitions of stakes in other small water utilities, and the high water utility fees charged by the firm, did not serve the interests of residents." The contract was originally awarded in 1993, without any competitive tendering.

Hungary terminates power purchase agreements with private generators

Global Insight October 10, 2008
Hungarian Parliament Considers Bill to End Long-Term Power Contracts; Trading in MOL Shares Suspended

Mali-General facts about the water sector

Rapport Final de la Commission Européenne sur le Profil Environnemental du Mali, Mai 2006.

Données essentielles à la compréhension du fonctionnement du secteur de l'eau au Mali et de ses problématiques.

Les généralités et données utiles concernant le secteur de l'eau (et plus succinctement dans le secteur du traitement des déchets) au Mali présentées ci-dessous ont été tirées du rapport final de la Commission Européenne sur le Profil Environnemental du Mali, daté de Mai 2006 (disponible dans son intégralité en pièce jointe et sur

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