Archive | June, 2015

Juncker Plan cleared for take-off

Originally appeared on EurActiv.fr, by Cécile Barbière After a strenuous negotiating process, on Wednesday (24 June) MEPs validated the European Fund for Strategic Investments, taking the EU one step closer to the launch of the Juncker Investment Plan. EurActiv France reports. Members of the European Parliament adopted the legislation that will establish the European Fund […]

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European Parliament approves Juncker Investment Plan, lacks guidance and oversight

Today the European Parliament approved the regulation establishing the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) at the heart of President Juncker’s EUR 315 billion investment plan. But critics say that the regulation lacks clear provisions for oversight of the fund and guidance for investments in green, sustainable and resource-efficient projects that are part of the […]

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Event: Dirty Money – Europe’s Thirst for Oil in Nigeria

Thu 25 Jun 2015, 6:30pm Free Word Lecture Theatre This event will look at the environmental and social impact of Western oil corporations in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. It will also focus on Dirty Money, a graphic novel that tells the incredible story of Dotun Oloko, a Nigerian whistleblower who tries to expose what he […]

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Will energy efficiency be sidelined in the Energy Union’s implementation?

EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the implementation of the Energy Union. Looking at what has been discussed so far, the strategy may not prioritise energy efficiency enough to help Europe become climate-friendly. By Petr Hlobil Campaigns director, originally appeared on Bankwatch website EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today […]

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Italian mayor stands up against EU priority gas pipeline

In an open letter (English)* to the EU institutions an Italian mayor has voiced the local opposition to the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP) in Italy. Civil society organisations and local authorities fear the pipeline will affect the environment and the safety of their communities and demand the EU not to finance the project. By Xavier […]

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Transforming development finance? Europe’s multilateral lenders fail on aid transparency

The recently published 2015 Aid Transparency Review concludes that the European Union is off track from meeting its aid transparency commitments. Europe’s two multilateral development banks are indicative of the altogether rather disappointing outcome. By Anna Roggenbuck and Fidanka Bacheva McGrath EIB and EBRD campaign coordinators for Bankwatch where this blog appeared originally.   The […]

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Going For Broke

Why Financialisation is the wrong fix for infrastructure Building new infrastructure is no longer simply the talk of towns and communities in which various projects are to be implemented. instead, it has taken on a new, awe-inspiring, global character. in europe alone, the european commission estimates that investment of up to €2 trillion is needed […]

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