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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 7: Tainted Love – corporate lobbying and the German EU Presidency

In this seventh episode Vicky Cann, researcher and campaigner at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Nina Katzemich EU Campaigner at LobbyControl dig into so called the green credentials of the German government. They explain how the German Government’s ‘love affair’ with gas and the unconditional support for its automobile sector are two clear cut examples […]

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[PRESS RELEASE] EIB’s plans to become ‘EU Climate Bank’ too weak according to NGOs

Today, 34 NGOs sent an open letter to Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), urging him to deliver on the EIB climate commitments. The EIB is currently developing its Climate Bank Roadmap in order to align all its operations with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This process is set to […]

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A key opportunity for EU governments to make the EIB a driver for a green and just recovery

Today, the 27 Finance Ministers of the EU member states are gathering in Brussels as Governors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to discuss the future priorities of the bank. A key objective for this meeting must be to ensure that the role of the EIB in the EU recovery package is compatible with the […]

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 6: In the name of innovation

In the sixth episode Martin Pigeon, researcher and campaigner at CEO and Marine Ejuryan, Advocacy manager at ‘Global Health Advocates’ (GHA) explain the content of two in-depth and damning reports they just published; These reports are about how, in the name of innovation, industrial lobbies have managed to control the use of at least 3.6 […]

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The European Investment Bank must not ditch its commitment to the climate

We call on the bank to face the future and become a more sustainable, transparent and accountable institution.

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Parliamentary hearing: The role of the EIB in the aftermath of the COVID-crisis

On May 26, 2020 the European Parliament Committees on Budget and on Economy organised a hearing on the role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Counter Balance was invited to join the hearing. Our Director, Xavier Sol, took the floor to explain what we believe is the future […]

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The Road Less Travelled: How the European Investment Bank’s Climate Roadmap 2021-2025 can lead it to become the climate bank

This report by CEE Bankwatch summarises the EIB’s undertakings on the road towards becoming the EU’s Climate Bank. It presents our findings on the implementation of the EIB’s 2015 Climate Strategy and looks at the results of the Bank’s climate action in the EU and enlargement countries. It also puts forward recommendations to the Bank. […]

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 5: Can we trust financial institutions to manage climate change?

In the fifth episode, we talk about the role of big financial institutions or companies in the economic recovery and Green Deal.

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NGOs call on EIB President to put climate at the heart of recovery package

Today, together with 10 NGOs, we sent an open letter to Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), calling for its new role in the European economic recovery to be consistent with its climate commitments […]

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Counter Balance submits its contribution to the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap

As part of the consultation opened by the EIB, we submitted our recommendations for the bank to truly become the “EU Climate Bank”. Find our submission and summary of our key demands here.

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