* Admissibility date reflects the date the case was officially registered. All other dates pertain to the date in which a stage was completed.
In March 2013, the European Investment Bank’s Complaints Mechanism (EIB-CM) received a complaint from Udruga Krizni Eko stožer Marišćina, a non-governmental organisation focusing on waste management related issues on the territory of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in Croatia. The complaint consists of a number of allegations concerning the implementation of the project, impact on the environment, selected waste management technology and project costs.
In 2018, the EIB-CM completed the Conclusions Report.
Conclusion and Recommendation
In respect to the project plans and/or applicable standards, the EIB-CM concluded that (i) in respect to five allegations, the project was in line with the project plans and/or applicable standards; (ii) in respect to one allegation, the project encountered challenges but these challenges have since been resolved; and (iii) in respect to three allegations, the project was not yet fully in line with the project plans/or applicable standards. The EIB has confirmed that as part of its monitoring, it will continue to follow-up on these issues.
Considering the carried out EIB’s project review and monitoring, the EIB-CM concluded that the allegations are ungrounded in respect to the role of the EIB.
The EIB-CM made a number of suggestions to the EIB, including, to offer technical assistance to the national authorities in ensuring off-take of the fuel produced by CWMCs in Croatia.