Archive | October, 2012

Gaining control – a parliamentarian toolkit to get the EIB back on track

With this toolkit Counter Balance wants to engage parliamentarians to monitor the European Investment Bank more closely. The ‘EU Bank’ is the biggest public bank in the world. Last year it spent EUR 61 billion and another EUR 60 billion will be added in the coming years to fight the economic crisis. The bigger it […]

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EIB launches energy policy review

This week the EIB started the process of reviewing its Energy Sector Lending Policy by inviting public stakeholders to give input. Counter Balance immediately reacted to the public consultation process by sending a letter to the president, the management committee and the directors of the bank which outlines our expectations. We believe the bank has […]

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“EU ETS under heavy pressure”

BRUSSELS – “The EU ETS is under heavy pressure, there is a real option it will die”, warned MEP Peter Liese (EPP) during a conference on the future of EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). A reason to enhance it, say EU policy makers. An opportunity to formulate non marked based alternatives, say NGOs. “Industry is […]

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“All we want from Europe is that it stays away”

Khaled Ali, Egyptian human rights lawyer on the future of his country and the relations with the EU  “Socio-economic problems”, answers Khaled Ali determined when we ask him about the roots of the revolution in Egypt. “Politicians care about political problems, but the socio-economic dimension is what mobilises people.” And what mobilises people mobilises Ali. […]

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Comments on the list of projects to be considered as Projects of Common Interest in energy infrastructure

Read our Comments on the list of projects to be considered as Projects of Common Interest in energy infrastructure

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Questioning Carbon Finance: Which perspectives on EU ETS and expansion of carbon markets?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 16:00 – 18:00 Residence Palace, Room ‘Passage’ Rue de la Loi 155 – 1040 Brussels Registration desk opens at 15:30 The conference will be in English With reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading System under discussion, join civil society groups, policy makers from the European Commission, the Parliament and the European […]

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European public banks must improve transparency

BRUSSELS – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) score low on transparency according to the ‘2012 Aid Transparency Index’ [1] published today by the campaign group ‘Publish What You Fund’. With a score of 44% the EIB comes 36th out of 72. EBRD is 21st and scored […]

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