“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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25 NGOs call for an independent and efficient Complaints Mechanism at the EIB

Brussels, 29/9/2017 Today, a group of 25 Civil Society Organisations provided comments on the draft Policy and Procedures for the Complaints Mechanism (CM) of the European Investment Bank currently undergoing public consultation. The signatories – a variety of groups based in Europe, the US and the Global South – call for fundamental reforms to the […]

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Solidarity protests demand EIB pledge against financing new pipeline

Originally published by 350.org. 14th November, Europe. Starting today activists are undertaking an international series of coordinated protests at financial institutions and the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany to demand that the European Investment Bank (EIB) pledges not to sink public funds into a risky new gas expansion project – the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). […]

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New report: Juncker Plan backs billions in fossil fuels and carbon-heavy infrastructure

14 November 2017 Brussels, Bonn — While in Bonn at the UN climate talks the EU touts the Paris Agreement, back in Brussels the European Union is set to continue a funding tool that in last two years has lent billions of euros for fossil fuels projects, finds a new study from CEE Bankwatch Network, […]

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New report exposes the lobbying power of the gas industry promoting the Southern Gas Corridor

Heavy lobbying from the gas industry could see us locked into fossil fuels for another 40-50 years. Rather than focusing on renewable energy and reducing demand, the EU and its governments want to build a new generation of pipelines and other gas infrastructure. The Southern Gas Corridor is an emblematic project supported by the industry […]

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EU bank lent €5.3 billion to fossil fuel projects between 2014 and 2016 despite climate urgency

Brussels, 28 September 2017 While depicting itself as a pioneer in the global fight against climate change, the European Investment Bank (EIB) still massively endorses fossil fuel projects, dooming the EU to fail the Paris agreement commitments. The EU’s bank irresponsible climate conduct figures among the conclusions of a new report by the Overseas Development […]

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Letter to the EIB on the financing of MOSE project in Italy and corruption scandal

Re:Common and Counter Balance have written to the European Investment Bank (EIB) President and Directors to notify the bank of the latest developments regarding the trial for corruption that just ended in Italy in relation to the MOSE project. MOSE is a major infrastructure project in Italy which received financial support from the EIB for […]

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Human rights concerns over EIB loan to TANAP – an Open Letter

  In view of the upcoming EIB Board of Directors meeting on 19 September, Counter Balance along with a group of 25 NGOs has sent an open letter to the bank’s President Werner Hoyer and Directors, highlighting the serious human rights concerns over the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) project. As the bank envisages a huge […]

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