NGOs urge EU bank to quit fossil fuels investments, as it touts its climate commitment at COP24

Brussels – Katowice – Prague, 11 December 2018 While confirming its plans to align with the Paris Agreement, the European Investment Bank (EIB) still continues to fund climate damaging fossil fuel projects, having disbursed more than EUR 11.8 billion in fossil fuels projects since 2013 – point out NGOs in a new briefing State delegations […]

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EIB to weaken accountability mechanism, despite civil society criticism

Brussels, 13 November 2018 In a step backwards for the EU bank’s transparency and accountability, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a controversial new policy of its Complaints Mechanism, a move that will take the bank further away from the communities affected by its operations – say NGOs. The […]

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The EIB needs to lead by example on tax justice, says new report

Brussels, 3 April 2018 On the second anniversary of the Panama Papers and in the wake of the European Commission’s latest communication on EU anti-tax avoidance requirements on financing and investment operations, a new report by Counter Balance calls on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop a responsible policy and “show the way“ in […]

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European Parliament takes incoherent steps on climate in future EU investments

Strasbourg / Brussels, 13 December 2018 As governments discuss how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP24 in Katowice, today the Budget and Economic Affairs committees of the European Parliament failed to prevent further public investments in fossil fuels under InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGOs group […]

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How the ‘EU’s Bank’ fails to raise the bar on accountability

Originally published on EU Observer. By Xavier Sol As the financial arm of the European Union, the European Investment Bank (EIB) likes to call itself the “EU Bank” and to publicly praise its environmental and social standards in comparison to other investment banks. Nevertheless, over the last years, a dangerous setback on accountability and transparency […]

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EIB to weaken accountability mechanism, despite civil society criticism

Brussels, 13 November 2018 In a step backwards for the EU bank’s transparency and accountability, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a controversial new policy of its Complaints Mechanism, a move that will take the bank further away from the communities affected by its operations – say NGOs. The […]

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Can the EU bank afford a race to the bottom on accountability?

Originally published on Public Finance International. By Xavier Sol, 7 Nov 18 The European Investment Bank should take the opportunity to finally fix serious transparency and governance flaws as it looks to revamp its complaints mechanism, says Counter Balance’s Xavier Sol. Would a school teacher ask her pupils for their approval before grading their tests […]

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Le traitement des plaintes à la BEI fait polémique

Originally published on Agefi.fr Les ONG accusent l’institution de museler le seul mécanisme lui permettant de gérer les griefs des parties tiers. Sur l’ordre du jour de la réunion, le sujet fait l’objet d’une ligne anodine : « Politique révisée relative au mécanisme de traitement des plaintes ». Et pourtant, la question, examinée demain par le conseil […]

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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

From the complete failure of the Castor Project in Spain, to an overpriced hospital in Sweden, projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) make no exception to the list of PPP disasters compiled in this new joint report. Brussels/Bali, 8 October 2018 History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing, launched on the occasion […]

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