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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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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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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New joint NGO analysis calls DFIs to action against tax avoidance

A group of nine NGOs launches today a new report called “Development Finance Institutions and responsible corporate tax behaviour: where we are and the road ahead”. The analysis focuses on the role of DFIs in fighting the risk of public money being complicit in tax avoidance schemes, both assessing the policies currently in place and […]

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Entrevista – Xavier Sol: “El brazo financiero de la UE facilita la evasión fiscal, mientras la Comisión trabaja contra ella”

David Penado / 27-09-2016 El director de Counter Balance evalúa la forma en qué se ha estado invirtiendo el dinero de todos los europeos a través del Banco Europeo de Inversiones (BEI). Counter Balance es una alianza de 9 ONG, como el Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG), especializadas en el campo del desarrollo […]

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