Campaigners call for end to hydropower subsidies in Western Balkans

The European Commission should put pressure on countries in the Western Balkans to phase out renewable energy subsidies awarded to environmentally damaging hydropower plants, green groups have said

The European Commission should put pressure on countries in the Western Balkans to phase out 'disproportionate' renewable energy subsidies awarded to environmentally damaging hydropower plants, a study by campaigners including CEE Bankwatch and WWF said on Wednesday.

The study points out that ‚Äúdisproportionate public subsidies‚ÄĚ led to at least 380 small hydropower plants of less than 10 megawatts (MW) in the region in the last decade, contradicting EU guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy.

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