PARIS - The French Oil Company Perenco S.A. is now facing the Paris Court of Justice. This is the first case in which a French company has been held liable for environmental damage caused abroad. This case, researched by Lea Szulewicz, Dorian Cabrol, Alexandre Brutelle and Baron Nkoy, proves that Perenco S.A. had the means to act but did not take the necessary measures to prevent and stop the pollution linked to the group's oil activities in the DRC.

Perenco may now be forced to repair the ecological damage already caused in the DRC to stop the pollution, and prevent future environmental damage. On the other hand, French energy transition minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher was placed at the heart of a discrete inheritance scheme linked to hedge funds based in tax haven countries. Her father, a long-serving Perenco executive, set up a company to donate a €1.2 million investment portfolio to the minister’s children.

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PluPro Project

PluPro Project: Multifaceted Support for European Cross-border Investigative Journalism


BRUSSELS/PRAGUE - The PluPro project will distribute 2,230,000 euros among journalists and media (national and local) in Europe  to set up transnational investigations together. At the same time, journalists and media can receive newsroom training, scholarships and mentoring in addition to financial support.

Forever Pollution Project: Further Impact


EUROPE – Last year, in February 2023, 18 European newsrooms published a large investigation on 'forever chemicals', revealing that more than 17,000 sites all over Europe have already been contaminated by the PFAS. This project was followed by expert discussions, legal action, and has now widely been used for scientific purposes, too.

Wildfire’s Causes and Effects: Two Investigations Of Southern Europe’s Disasters


SARDINIA / EVIA / EXTREMADURA / LEIRIA / ODOU - Megafires have become a staple chapter in southern Europe, particularly affecting the most remote regions that are not taken sufficient care of. What does the escalating frequency of fires indicate for our future? Two cross-border teams of journalists have tried to raise awareness of the issue and prove that European countries need a better common strategy to respond to this threat.