Archive | December, 2016

World Bank’s controversial TANAP loan is bad news for human rights and climate action

December 21, 2016 Yesterday, the World Bank’s board of directors approved two USD 400 million loans, to Azerbaijan and to Turkey, to develop the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), the centrepiece of the Southern Gas Corridor project. CEE Bankwatch Network and Counter Balance are deeply concerned that the decision to channel such large amounts of money […]

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Turkish gas companies with corrupt past get World Bank loan

Originally published on Climate Home. Businessmen who have secured contracts to build massive gas pipeline linking EU and Azerbaijan were convicted for tender rigging and bribery. By Karl Mathiesen The World Bank has approved $800m in loans for a gas pipeline through Turkey and Azerbaijan that will be built by several companies with a history of corruption scandals. […]

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Energy colonialism: the EU’s gas grab in Algeria

IN DEPTH: The role of the Spanish State and Catalonia in gas relations with Algeria By ODG During the first five months of 2015, Algeria witnessed an anti-fracking uprising. The people of the Algerian oil and gas-rich Sahara, in their tens of thousands, rose against the authorities and multinationals’ plans to frack for shale gas […]

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NGOs call on World Bank not to finance the Trans Anatolian Pipeline

A group of 39 international NGOs sent a letter to the Directors of the World Bank (WB) today urging the Bank not to finance the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). TANAP is the Eastern part of the Southern Gas Corridor, a 3500 kilometres-long chain of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan to Europe. The WB Directors will consider […]

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Bratislava Bypass, flagship EFSI failure: non-transparent decisions for dubious public benefit – New report

  A EUR 1.76 billion-worth project guaranteed through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)i, the Bratislava Bypass is a public-private partnership (PPP) supported by the Slovak government and promoted as the biggest EFSI project in Central Eastern Europe. Yet, preferred by the government to greener and more effective solutions to the traffic problems of […]

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Revealed: the EU’s flagship energy project is built by companies with a legacy of corruption

December 13, 2016 Prague – CEE Bankwatch Network No less than 15 firms contracted to build the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), the two main sections of the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, have been implicated in various forms of corruption in the past, according to a CEE Bankwatch Network report […]

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Reviewing the European Investment Bank’s carbon footprint methodology

It  is  encouraging  that  the  European Investment  Bank  (EIB),  which developed  its  methodology  for calculating greenhouse gas emissions, published in 2012, is now considering its further review. It is crucial for the Bank to periodically review  the  methodology,  to  be  in  line with the latest scientific developments regarding emissions calculations from different  sectors  in  order  […]

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CSOs concerns regarding the EU External Investment Plan and recommendations to ensure a pro-poor instrument

November 2016 The European Commission proposed on the 14th September 2016 to create the European External Investment Plan (EIP) in Africa and European Neighbourhood. This position paper summarises main concerns and challenges identified by a group of NGOs, in which Counter Balance is participating. Read the full briefing here.

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Last harvest looming for Albanian farmers along pipeline route

Numerous farmers and land owners in Albania feel they are sidelined by Europe’s dash for gas By Bankwatch Read the photostory here.

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New report analyses “corrupt but legal” practices in development finance

Brussels, 9 December 2016 Is corruption defined solely within the boundaries of what is legal? Is the deterioration of our democratic societies limited to officially acknowledged crimes such as bribes, money laundering and fraud? The answer is no, according to Counter Balance’s latest analysis “Corrupt but legal” published today, on the occasion of the International […]

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