CNEEC is a large state-owned enterprise 100 percent owned by Sinomach and working mainly as a contractor or project manager in the energy field. It undertakes projects in thermal (mainly coal) generation of up to 600 MW, hydropower and transmission. CNEEC is one of the companies which expressed interest in the Pljevlja II lignite plant in Montenegro. In November 2013 its representatives also signed a deal with the Hunedoara Energy Complex for the implementation of pollution control measures at the Deva thermal power plant in Romania. In January 2014 it was announced that CNEEC had opened an office in Ub in Serbia and that the company is interested in several energy projects such as the Kolubara B lignite plant and associated Radljevo mine, the Djerdap 3 dam, and several small hydropower projects. This announcement came as something of a surprise, as Italy’s Edison, owned by France’s EDF, has already won the concession for the project.
In 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environmental Protection issued the Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation. These Guidelines are not legally binding but can be quoted as a policy that CNEEC should act in line with. In addition, while doing business in the EU or potential EU countries, it can be argued that companies should act in line with EU legislation.
CNEEC does not have a formal public grievance mechanism, however it does have a feedback form on its website. However this has not yet been tested extensively and it may be a good idea to send faxes and hard copies of letters as a back-up.
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If you would like advice about contacting the company, contact CEE Bankwatch Network by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is usually difficult to find out the relevant people to contact, so first look for some clues in the media coverage of the project or the particular office of the bank in question. For the Chinese headquarters, if you cannot find a specific person connected to the project or the region where the project is situated, write to the most senior people listed on the website.
You should not expect to receive an answer quickly, if at all. This can be discouraging, however do not underestimate the impact of receiving letters from local groups or affected people.
As CNEEC is a state-owned enterprise, it is directly responsible towards the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). Projects with a total investment of over USD 30 million or with over USD 10 million in foreign exchange must also be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Therefore if your communication with the company does not yield any results, it is possible to also contact the SASAC and the NDRC.
While you are in the process of contacting companies that are involved in investment projects of your interest, you may wish to communicate to the Chamber of Commerce or bilateral/regional trade associations in your respective country to learn about the companies’ activities and locate the relevant point of contact.
Mr Zhao Ruolin,
Chairman and President, CNEEC
9 South Shouti Road,