Tag Archives: transparency

With a little help from the European Commission: TAP and the Southern Gas Corridor

by Elena Gerebizza, originally published by Re:Common Last week Baku hosted the 4th Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting. The event saw the participation of representatives from the governments involved in the project, but also the European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, who in the last few months hasn’t missed a single chance to stress […]

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New study: ECAs go to market

Originally published by Bankwatch. Between 2015 and 2017, Finance & Trade Watch and Bankwatch, together with its national partners researched export credit agencies (ECAs) in seven countries of the European Union (Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). The aim of this research was to assess how the procedures and performance of these […]

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Civil society urges the EU Bank to lead on responsible taxation

On 12 January 2018, 13 NGOs and trade unions set a joint paper to the European Investment Bank (EIB) on its taxation policy. The signatories highlight that the revision of the EIB’s tax havens (NCJ) policy, foreseen in 2018, is a crucial opportunity to strengthen the tools the EIB uses to ensure its operations do […]

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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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EU commission urged bank to support Azerbaijan gas pipeline

Originally published on Climate Home. 27/11/2017 Letter from top officials to the president of the EIB said Europe’s commitment to the pipeline ‘must not wane’ and called for publicly-backed loans By Karl Mathiesen Top European officials intervened in European Investment Bank (EIB) deliberations over a public loan to a huge pipeline project that will carry natural […]

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