New EU External Investment Plan risks sidelining development objectives

29.11.2017 Brussels/Abidjan As EU leaders meet their African counterparts in Abidjan for the 5th European Union/African Union summit, the European External Investment Plan (EIP) is in the spotlight. It is portrayed as the perfect recipe for the EU to combine development aid with  migration control and economic interests. But such a plan risks deviating from […]

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“Nature destruction cannot be compensated for” say NGOs warning communities against biodiversity offsetting

Brussels/Rome, 26 October 2017 As the world’s forests, lands and waters keep being destroyed, the people whose livelihoods are deeply linked to these places cannot continue their way of life and are often pushed into poverty and hunger. At the same time, the very actors profiting from this destruction have found a way to come […]

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Major European loan to controversial Azerbaijani gas pipeline risks fuelling corruption, human rights abuse and climate change

October 18, 2017 Prague, Brussels A USD 500 million loan approved today by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the construction of the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) would enable this massive fossil fuels project while overlooking the continued repression of civil society and media in both Azerbaijan and Turkey. Traversing Turkey, from […]

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€1.5 billion public loan for controversial pipeline withheld

December 12, 2017 Prague, Brussels, Berlin Today, at a board meeting in Luxembourg the European Investment Bank (EIB) has decided, for now, not to waste €1.5 billion in public funds on the controversial Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). A growing number of civil society groups are calling on the EIB not to fund this fossil fuel pipeline. […]

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European Union fails to eliminate fossil fuels from the Juncker Investment Plan

December 12, 2017 Brussels While EU leaders are discussing climate finance at the One Planet Summit in Paris, today the European Parliament failed once again to prevent further public investments in fossil fuels. A decision made in the European Parliament turns a blind eye to the Juncker plan’s investments in energy projects which have so […]

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EU’s Africa plan must put aid goals front and centre

Originally published on Public Finance International. By: Xavier Sol 30 Nov 17 Development objectives need to come first in the EU’s new External Investment Plan and be backed by high levels of transparency, says Xavier Sol of Counter Balance European Union leaders this week met their African counterparts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the fifth […]

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Between TAP and a hard place – Albanian farmers receive peanuts after losing land and livelihoods to gas pipeline

Originally published by Bankwatch. Interviews in Albania revealed a barrage of complaints about how the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been treating farmers affected by the mega gas project that may soon receive a record loan from the European Investment Bank. Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Web editor  |  30 November 2017 The full report from the fact-finding mission is available for […]

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EU commission urged bank to support Azerbaijan gas pipeline

Originally published on Climate Home. 27/11/2017 Letter from top officials to the president of the EIB said Europe’s commitment to the pipeline ‘must not wane’ and called for publicly-backed loans By Karl Mathiesen Top European officials intervened in European Investment Bank (EIB) deliberations over a public loan to a huge pipeline project that will carry natural […]

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True or False: The European External Investment Plan

On 14 September 2016 the European Commission proposed an External Investment Plan (EIP) ‘to encourage investment in our partner countries in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood region, to strengthen its partnerships and contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, helping to address some root causes of migration’. The True or False factsheet answers important questions […]

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