Archive | September, 2011

Western Finance Bodies Face Challenges in Funding Arab Spring Countries

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH, originally appeared in the International New York Times LONDON — As Arab Spring turns into autumn, Western lending institutions face highly sensitive issues in their quest to support economic and social development in countries struggling to emerge from decades of stagnation. Governments and institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the European […]

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New approach to energy deals could cause some problems.

appeared in the European Voice Much of the media coverage of the European Commission’s proposals for a more coherent European approach towards energy providers outside the bloc focused on the main points presented by Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, in his press conference on 8 September (“Commission wants more EU control in energy […]

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MEPs call for sustainable mining not compatible with increased EIB role, says Counter Balance

Strasbourg – The European Parliament adopted the Bütikofer report (1) on the Commission’s Raw Materials Initiative today. The report calls for strict standards and transparency in mining activities and the need for development in the host country. It specifically asks the European Investment Bank (EIB), which has a record of supporting controversial mining projects on […]

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