EIB pioneer investment in climate fund turns into a crash dive, according to NGO report

Brussels, 28 Feb Showcased as the ultimate initiative to fight climate change, the European Investment Bank (EIB)’s participation in the Althelia Climate Fund is nothing like the social and environmental success it was described to be – say the NGO Re:Common and Counter Balance in a new report released today. Contributing up to €25m in […]

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Southern Gas Corridor’s dubious contribution to energy security

Originally published on Euractiv. Advertised by the EU as the silver bullet that will free Europe from its dependency on Russian gas, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is highly unlikely to ensure energy security and might in fact end up channelling Russian gas, warns Xavier Sol. While proudly presenting the “Second report on the State […]

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Question marks abound over EU-Azerbaijan gas tango

By Anna Roggenbuck, originally published by Bankwatch Ministers, ambassadors and envoys from at least 15 countries, including Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission’s Vice President for the Energy Union, are gathered today in the Azerbaijani capital to discuss the progress on the Southern Gas Corridor, the largest energy project the EU is currently pursuing. But over […]

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Trans-Adriatic Pipeline a major risk for banks, warns new analysis

Brussels, Belgium — An analysis published today by the finance watchdog groups Counter Balance and BankTrack has warned potential commercial bank investors to steer clear of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) owing to the project’s non-compliance with the Equator Principles, a set of risk management guidelines for project finance adopted by 89 commercial banks around the […]

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European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards

Counter Balance supports the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards, launched by CAN Europe. Most governments don’t like to talk about the fact that they are giving money to fossil fuels, and in some cases they do what they can to hide them. It is simply unfair to European citizens to keep these subsidies in the […]

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The NGOs’ point of view presented to the EIB Board of Directors

Human rights, climate, accountability. These are the main areas needing urgent improvement in the EU’s bank activities, flagged NGOs to the EIB Board of Directors last Monday 30th January, on the occasion of the traditional annual meeting with civil society. There, the Counter Balance coalition did not miss the chance to raise the most urgent […]

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