New Report: Going abroad – A critique of the EIB’s External Lending Mandate

November 16, 2016 Brussels, Prague The EIB is increasingly given a prominent role in the EU’s response to the so-called refugee crisis stretching the bank’s operations well beyond the its current mandate for overseas investments. Yet, a new report by Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch Network takes a closer look at projects the EU’s house […]

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REPORT: The best laid plans: why the Investment Plan for Europe does not drive the sustainable energy transition

by Markus Trilling, EU funds campaign coordinator at CEE Bankwatch If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t – a thought that inevitably comes to mind seeing the European Commission and the European Investment Bank congratulating themselves for the great job they’ve done. One and a half years after the launch of […]

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“Walking the Line” of the Southern Gas Corridor: the Webocumentary

Counter Balance, Platform and Re:Common are pleased to announce the launch of the webdocumentary “Walking the Line”. This webdocumentary presents the risks associated with the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline or Southern Gas Corridor. One of the biggest pipelines ever conceived, the corridor is supposed to stretch 3500 km from Azerbaijan to Italy and supply Europe with […]

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When Athens can’t tell a Trojan horse

Rural communities in northern Greece are determined to prevent the EU’s most extravagant energy project from scarring their land By Elena Gerebizza, Re:common. Originally published by Bankwatch. Read the photostory here.

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Finance ministers’ proposal for Europe’s investment plan not in line with EU’s own climate goals

Today the ECOFIN Council agreed on its position on the future of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, also referred to as the Juncker Plan or the Investment Plan for Europe. While it contains some good elements on climate action, the Council stills falls short of ensuring EFSI’s investments are in line with the […]

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Why the EIB should not deal with the migration crisis

Originally published on Euractiv. The EIB is not well placed to intervene in the migration crisis. The bank’s past form shows it lacks the human touch needed to succeed in this area, writes Xavier Sol. Sparking the most diverse reactions, from a concerning burst of xenophobia to exceptional waves of welcoming generosity, the so called […]

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Event: From African mega dams to German motorways, 13 December – Berlin

Global Investment in Infrastructure: Who Benefits? Who Pays? Who owns? Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 18:00 – 20:00 Event city:  Berlin Address: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung – Bundesstiftung Berlin Schumannstr. 8 10117 Berlin Agenda 1. Presentations Nancy Alexander, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Director Economic Governance Program, Washington DC Reflections on the global infrastructure agenda and role of G20 (origins and […]

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Event: Carbon Trading and Biodiversity Offsets, 6 December – Brussels

PUBLIC CONFERENCE: Carbon trading and biodiversity offsets Market solutions for environmental problems, or financialisation of nature? Organised by: Re:Common, Counter Balance, Corporate Europe Observatory, Food & Water Europe Location: Mundo B, 26 rue d’Edimbourg, 1050 Ixelles (main conference room downstairs), see map here: https://goo.gl/maps/bTQ5kiqqt1w Timing: 6th December 2016, 14:00-18:00     **Register**: send an email […]

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Here be dragons: How the EU bank’s development finance overlooks people at risk

By Ola Antonowicz-Cyglicka, Development campaigner, Poland, Bankwatcth. Originally published here. The European Investment Bank’s failure in safeguarding the most vulnerable groups shows it is ill-equipped to help refugees and host communities in the European Union’s neighbourhood. A new report explains the bank’s weaknesses in identifying and responding to human rights risks. According to a European […]

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