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Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam project: Financial impact, indigenous peoples’ rights & the environment

Projet de barrage de Belo Monte, Brésil. Impact financier, droits des peuples autochtones & environnement Brazil is constructing the third largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. The Belo Monte Dam is being built in the state of Pará, Brazil. Its first commercial generation is expected to come on stream in 2015. When the full … Continue reading

Belo Monte Dam project: an outline

The Belo Monte Dam is a hydroelectric dam under construction in the state of Pará, Brazil. Upon completion, with a generating capacity of 11 233 Megawatts, it will be the third largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. The project faces widespread criticism on economic, environmental and social reasons. Commercial generation is expected to begin in … Continue reading

NATO in the aftermath of the financial crisis

Since the onset of the financial crisis, in 2008, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) have reduced their defence budgets by billions of euros. Moreover, reduced investment on specific critical capabilities is affecting the ability of NATO to act. Investment in equipment, and research and development has also been reduced. Whilst saving money … Continue reading

EU-Serbia: normalisation with Kosovo needed

Updated on 11 April 2013 6 language versions available in PDF formatEU-Serbien: Beziehungen zum Kosovo müssen sich normalisieren UE-Serbia: es necesario normalizar las relaciones con Kosovo UE – Serbie: il faut normaliser les relations avec le Kosovo UE-Serbia: necessità di normalizzare le relazioni con il Kosovo UE – Serbia: konieczność normalizacji stosunków z Kosowem EU-Serbia: … Continue reading

Iceland slows down enlargement talks

Updated on 09 April 2013 Negotiations with Iceland, which started in 2010, are advancing well, with talks launched on six new chapters in December 2012. Of 33 chapters for negotiations, 27 have been opened, of which 11 have already been provisionally closed. The parties in Iceland’s coalition recently announced they would not prioritise negotiations in … Continue reading

Gas disputes in the eastern Mediterranean

Discoveries of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean have brought both opportunities and challenges to the entire region. Although political uncertainty has clouded the whole picture, energy is emerging as the dominant issue for the future of the region. Mutually agreed criteria for the exploitation of these gas resources would foster stability in the region … Continue reading

EU-Caribbean relations

The European Union sees the nations of the Caribbean as important political partners, with cooperation opportunities in a range of different areas, including trade and development. On the political side, regular and wide-ranging dialogue takes place between the European Union and CARIFORUM, its counterpart in the region. Thematic cooperation also occurs in ad-hoc meetings and … Continue reading

Improving EU-Asia trade relations

In 2006, the European Commission approved the Global Europe Communication, first step in a new trade policy envisaging ambitious and far-reaching bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with priority partners having significant market potential. Asia is an emerging market that will soon become the largest economic region in the world. Its bilateral trade with the European … Continue reading

Water scarcity in least developed countries

Lack of water, an essential life resource, is expected to affect one-third of the population worldwide by 2025. Today, 1.2 billion people live in areas of scarcity, while 1.6 billion face water shortages due to economic problems. The more society grows, both in terms of population and urbanisation, the greater the need for water, causing … Continue reading

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