Conference on Chinese investments - opportunities and risks
China is one of the most influential countries in the world economy, and its role is growing. The implementation of China's foreign economic strategy is backed by loans from Chinese banks, which underpin a number of infrastructure developments in Asia, Africa and Europe. Hungary is particularly open to Chinese investments, strives to be active part of the Belt and Road Initiative. In order to create a sustainable and liveable Hungary/Europe/world, it is worth considering the opportunities and risks inherent in this direction of economic development. Our conference intends to contribute to this by taking stock of international and Hungarian experiences.
Along with the Hungarian Energy Atlas, today we published the Energy Atlas Summary on Hungary, in English. The Summary contains the Introduction to the Hungarian Atlas and the country chapter on Hungary, assessing its energy transition. With the Energy Atlas, we promote an open and fact-based dialogue with Hungarian
decision-makers and affected residents on the Hungarian energy transition, and
Eximbank has been ordered by the Budapest-Capital Regional Court at first instance to reveal the information about its tied aid loans and share it with Friends of the Earth Hungary.
The Hungarian version of this op-ed has been published today in Magyar Nemzet.
Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic are calling on Hungary to take a lead to stop the spread of genetically modified (GM) crops. With some of the strongest laws against the growing of GM crops, Hungary is a world leader in the fight to control the agri business industry. These welcome efforts are however at risk from trade discussions going on behind closed doors. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic need Hungary to come out fighting.
A new exhibition opened in Brussels, showcasing the work of 22 remarkable individuals who have been integral in saving and restoring parts of the natural world across Europe from Cyprus to Norway, and Bulgaria to the UK.
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what
difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the
significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela
Environmental justice activist, Director of groundWork, FOE SA Bobby Peak pays homage to the great freedom fighter.
A high-level Friends of the Earth International visit to Friends of the Earth Palestine (also known as PENGON) concluded on October 13th, when FOEI chair Jagoda Munic presented a report during a press conference in Ramallah.
The report, "Environmental injustice and violations of the Israeli occupation of Palestine” documents some of the environmental injustice that a Friends of the Earth International delegation observed in 2012.