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EU leaders keep saying climate is a priority. Here’s something they can do

Originally published on Climate Home News The European Investment Bank is the world’s largest multilateral lender and it keeps funding fossil fuels. Next week EU finance ministers can change that By Xavier Sol and Adriana Paradiso Fixing our climate is one of the biggest challenges our politicians will have to face in the years to come, […]

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Les investissements de la BEI à la loupe

Originally published by Mediapart, as part of “La lettre européenne #30″. L’ONG Counter Balance, qui enquête sans relâche sur les investissements de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI), a publié un manifeste à la veille des européennes : elle appelle les candidats et futurs eurodéputés à s’engager pour une réforme du fonctionnement de cette institution clé de l’UE, dont […]

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First overhaul the investment bank for a greener EU

Originally published on EU Observer. By Adriana Paradiso In a few weeks, as European citizens we will be called to elect our new representatives at the European Parliament. This democratic choice will be essential to make sure they push on our behalf to shape the kind of Europe we want to live in. And an […]

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Rebuilding the world: the hubris behind the global infrastructure agenda

Originally published on OpenDemocracy By Xavier Sol Infrastructure is not just about bricks and mortar. It is about systematic wealth extraction from local communities, whose territories are permanently reshaped in the name of capital accumulation. This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The […]

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Who really needs the Krk LNG Terminal?

Originally published on euronews. By Elena Gerebizza, Re:Common Last week, local residents and environmentalists confirmed their opposition to the planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Krk, Croatia. A flagship project for the Adriatic country, the LNG terminal also features as a Project of Common Interest at European level, despite continuing controversies on its environmental impacts, usefulness […]

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[DE] Keinen Cent mehr für Gas

Originally published on taz.de Die Kampagne „Fossil Free EIB“ will, dass die Europäische Investitionsbank für fossile Energieprojekte keine Kredite mehr vergibt. Vor allem nicht für Gas. BERLIN taz | Mehrere Nichtregierungsorganisationen haben vor kurzem die Kampagne „Fossil Free EIB“ gestartet. Ihr Ziel: Die Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB) soll künftig keine Projekte mit fossilen Brennstoffen wie Kohle, Öl und Gas finanzieren. […]

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Government resistance over ‘green’ investments

Originally published on ENDS Europe. Raquel Guerra, 14 Dec 2018 The introduction of binding EU rules on the disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations for financial benchmarks could face resistance from national governments, according to an Austrian Presidency working document. The ‘green’ financial benchmarks are intended to measure the environmental performance of investments […]

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COP24 diary – day #10: Coal bonanza at the EIB

Originally published on Euractiv. By Claire Stam, 12 Dec 2018 Is Europe serious about phasing out fossil fuels? While confirming its plans to align with the Paris Agreement, the European Investment Bank (EIB) continues to fund climate-damaging fossil fuel projects, having disbursed more than €11.8 billion in fossil fuel projects since 2013, Friends of the Earth Europe, Counter Balance […]

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Trading away the EU principles in the name of national export interests?

Originally published on Euractiv. By Antonio Tricarico, 20 Nov 2018 MEPs need to follow the lead of the European Ombudsman and force the European Commission to shine the light on the opaque role of national Export Credit Agencies, writes Antonio Tricarico. Antonio Tricarico is programme director of Re:Common, Italy, the NGO coalition monitoring public finance institutions Perhaps […]

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How the ‘EU’s Bank’ fails to raise the bar on accountability

Originally published on EU Observer. By Xavier Sol As the financial arm of the European Union, the European Investment Bank (EIB) likes to call itself the “EU Bank” and to publicly praise its environmental and social standards in comparison to other investment banks. Nevertheless, over the last years, a dangerous setback on accountability and transparency […]

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