Azerbaijan suspended from the EITI – a Bankwatch and Counter Balance statement

A decision to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) adopted yesterday (Mar 9) is the latest reminder for international financial institutes to avoid supporting the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project   In 2015, the EITI board downgraded Azerbaijan’s membership status due to its relentless crackdown on civil society, political opponents and […]

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Counter Balance raises NGO concerns on the European Fund for Sustainable Development at EU Parliament hearing

Yesterday, Wednesday 8 March, Counter Balance intervened during a public hearing at the European Parliament where MEPs exchanged views with experts and stakeholders on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Organised by the Parliament Foreign Affairs (AFET), Development (DEVE) and Budgets (BUDG) Committees, the hearing hosted among others representatives from the European Investment Bank […]

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EU Ombudsman to investigate EIB for maladministration

Brussels, 2 March 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) is being investigated for maladministration, after the European Ombudsman sent a formal letter opening the case this week (27 February 2017). The investigation comes after ClientEarth, CEE Bankwatch Network and Counter Balance highlighted the lack of transparency at the bank, and its attempts to block scrutiny. […]

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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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