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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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Can the EU bank afford a race to the bottom on accountability?

Originally published on Public Finance International. By Xavier Sol, 7 Nov 18 The European Investment Bank should take the opportunity to finally fix serious transparency and governance flaws as it looks to revamp its complaints mechanism, says Counter Balance’s Xavier Sol. Would a school teacher ask her pupils for their approval before grading their tests […]

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Le traitement des plaintes à la BEI fait polémique

Originally published on Agefi.fr Les ONG accusent l’institution de museler le seul mécanisme lui permettant de gérer les griefs des parties tiers. Sur l’ordre du jour de la réunion, le sujet fait l’objet d’une ligne anodine : « Politique révisée relative au mécanisme de traitement des plaintes ». Et pourtant, la question, examinée demain par le conseil […]

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A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

Originally published on Euractiv. By Xavier Sol | Counter Balance The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the bank, founded in 1958, should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol. This opinion piece refers to an open letter written by […]

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EIB must take these 10 actions towards fair taxation

Originally published by CTMfile. 3rd Apr 2018 by Bija Knowles The European Investment Bank (EIB) must clean up its act on fiscal matters and develop a more responsible taxation policy, says a report released today by Counter Balance, a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations. Xavier Sol, the director of Counter Balance, writes […]

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EU’s Main Lender Still Tied to Tax Havens, Watchdog Warns

Originally published on Bloomberg BNA. April 4, 2018 By Joe Kirwin The European Investment Bank continues to provide loans for development projects that involve companies or financial groups that either use or are based in tax havens, according to a watchdog group. The European Commission blocked EIB projects worth more than $1 billion in 2016 […]

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