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The EIB gets an expanded mandate for its operations outside Europe

Press release: Counter Balance, CEE Bankwatch Network Brussels, 8 February 2018 The European Investment Bank (EIB) found itself in the spotlight during this week’s debates in the European Parliament. MEPs were called to give direction to the EU house bank’s development role through the amendment of its 2014-2020 external lending mandate. Today the European Parliament […]

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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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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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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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REDD inequity writ large: €4.4 million for Althelia Climate Fund in “management fees”, while villagers in Kenya ask “How is the carbon benefiting me?”

9 March 2017 By Chris Lang, originally published on Redd Monitor. A new report by Re:Common and Counter Balance investigates the Althelia Climate Fund and its investment in a REDD project in Kenya. The report highlights the findings of a July 2016 visit to the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project area in Kenya. Re:Common and Counter […]

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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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