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Going Public: A Decarbonised, Affordable and Democratic Energy System for Europe

This PSIRU report, commissioned by EPSU, highlights the many failures of liberalisation – prices have increased for consumers by as much as double in the past 10 years, a quarter of jobs have been lost in the energy sector, and public monopolies have been replaced by powerful private cartels – and also offers alternatives for the future.



PPPs are now being promoted worldwide by global institutions and consultants. Development banks, national governments, the EU and donor agencies are providing subsidised public finance specifically for PPPs. Countries subject to IMF regimes, and other developing countries, are being subjected to political pressures and marketing campaigns. But experience over the last 15 years shows that PPPs are an expensive and inefficient way of financing infrastructure and divert government spending away from other public services. They conceal public borrowing, while providing long-term state guarantees for profits to private companies. This report looks at the scale of PPPs, and the institutions promoting them; the lessons of experience with PPPs; and a process for systematic evaluation of PPPs against public sector options. It also sets out some ways of challenging PPP policies and programmes, and offers advice to pension funds considering investing in PPPs.