Archive | Press releases RSS feed for this section

EIB must stop funding fossil fuels, say 70 civil society groups

Brussels, 13 June 2019 Ahead of a meeting of the EU bank’s Governors in Luxembourg on Friday, 70 civil society organisations, think tanks and academics across Europe call for a fossil-free European Investment Bank (EIB) in a joint statement released today On June 14th, the EU Finance Ministers will gather in Luxembourg(1) as Governors of […]

Read more

The EU’s bank downplayed climate risk in granting record loans to Europe’s largest fossil fuel project

PRESS RELEASE CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance, Friends of the Earth Europe, Re:Common February 7, 2019 Brussels In a complaint lodged today with the European Investment Bank (EIB), civil society groups protest that the bank systematically underestimated the climate footprint of a fossil fuel mega project, the Southern Gas Corridor, which helped justify providing it […]

Read more

EU bank urged to free itself from fossil fuels and take climate leadership, as it discusses new energy policy

Brussels, 4 February 2019 Civil society calls on European Investment Bank (EIB)’s President Werner Hoyer to take a bold stance in the fight against climate change and lead the bank out of fossil fuels by shifting its investments towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. The  “Fossil Free EIB” campaign has been launched today alongside a […]

Read more

Future EU investment package falls short of climate ambition

Strasbourg/Brussels, 16 January 2019 Today the European Parliament took a disappointing stance on climate when voting to approve the establishment of InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGO groups CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF European Policy Office, and Counter Balance.  The approved investment package keeps the […]

Read more

European Parliament takes incoherent steps on climate in future EU investments

Strasbourg / Brussels, 13 December 2018 As governments discuss how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP24 in Katowice, today the Budget and Economic Affairs committees of the European Parliament failed to prevent further public investments in fossil fuels under InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGOs group […]

Read more

NGOs urge EU bank to quit fossil fuels investments, as it touts its climate commitment at COP24

Brussels – Katowice – Prague, 11 December 2018 While confirming its plans to align with the Paris Agreement, the European Investment Bank (EIB) still continues to fund climate damaging fossil fuel projects, having disbursed more than EUR 11.8 billion in fossil fuels projects since 2013 – point out NGOs in a new briefing State delegations […]

Read more

EIB to weaken accountability mechanism, despite civil society criticism

Brussels, 13 November 2018 In a step backwards for the EU bank’s transparency and accountability, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a controversial new policy for its Complaints Mechanism, a move that will take the bank further away from the communities affected by its operations – say NGOs. The decision […]

Read more

Controversial EIB-backed projects under fire at European Parliament

3 May 2018 Today, the European Parliament adopted a critical report on the activities of the financial arm of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). This report reiterates previous calls for the bank to step up its sustainability, transparency and accountability. During the debate held in the plenary of the Parliament in Brussels, […]

Read more

The EIB needs to lead by example on tax justice, says new report

Brussels, 3 April 2018 On the second anniversary of the Panama Papers and in the wake of the European Commission’s latest communication on EU anti-tax avoidance requirements on financing and investment operations, a new report by Counter Balance calls on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop a responsible policy and “show the way“ in […]

Read more

Auditors expose the failure of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and slam EU’s support

Published jointly with Eurodad Tuesday March 20 2018 The European Court of Auditors today slammed Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), stating that they were ‘not always effectively managed and did not provide adequate value-for-money’. The report, entitled “Public Private Partnerships in the EU: Widespread shortcomings and limited benefits” looks at PPPs in several EU countries. Inefficient spending […]

Read more