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Vacancy: Consultant for funders scoping

Counter Balance and Bretton Woods Project are looking for a consultant to undertake a funders scoping for our organisations. We’re looking forward to receiving your proposals! You can find the consultancy offer here. Deadline: April 10, 20:00 CET.

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Reality check: On the European Investment Bank’s willingness to fight fraud

Guest article by Dr. Daniel Beizsley (freelance researcher focusing on corporate crime and organisational malpractice) Over the last few months European Investment Bank (EIB) officials from the bank’s anti-fraud division have published 2 posts on the popular FCPA blog outlining steps the bank takes to prevent prohibited conduct in its operations and on its retroactive […]

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Major gas projects in Romania enabled by regulatory acrobatics

At a time when public calls for tackling the causes of the climate crisis are growing, Romania’s gas industry has been expanding, courtesy of the Parliament and international financial institutions. A new report released today by the environmental group Bankwatch Romania finds that much of the burgeoning gas development in Romania over the past two […]

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Decision on a fossil fuels ban at the EIB postponed once more

Today the European Investment Bank (EIB) decided to again, postpone the long overdue adoption of a new Energy Lending Policy. This delay is mostly due to tensions around the EIB’s proposal to phase out lending to fossil fuels. Several shareholders, including Germany, and the European Commission are pushing back on what would be a precedent […]

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European Commission criticises the EIB’s role as a development bank

The European Commission recently published an evaluation of EIB development operations under its External Lending Mandate during the period 2014-2018. The Commission’s findings confirm our previous assessments and repeated calls for improvements in the fields of transparency, human rights due diligence and development impacts of EIB projects. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has for years […]

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Open letter from NGOs to support a fossil fuels ban at the EIB

Over 70 civil society groups call on European Investment Bank to stand behind proposal to stop funding fossil fuels, and to fight European Commission attempts to undermine ambition Today, over 70 civil society groups spanning dozens of countries – including major international groups – sent a public letter to European Investment Bank (EIB) leadership, calling […]

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Gaining control – an MEP toolkit to get the EIB on track

Counter Balance’s new guide for MEPs aims at having parliamentarians monitor the European Investment Bank more closely. The ‘EU Bank’ is the biggest public bank in the world. Last year it spent EUR 65 billion and it is at the heart of investment plans designed at EU level. The bigger the EIB grows, the more […]

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Spotlight on financial justice – understanding global inequalities to overcome financial injustice

Citizens for Financial Justice new report – Spotlight on financial justice: understanding global inequalities to overcome financial injustice – is being released on Thursday 26 September 2019, to coincide with the High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development at the UN. The report was compiled by Citizens for Financial Justice partners and other contributors, coordinated […]

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EIB to stop financing fossil fuels by end 2020

Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) published a draft of its new Energy Policy which proposes to end support to all fossil fuels beyond 2020. The draft policy is now to be approved by the bank’s shareholders, the EU Member States. Brussels, 26 July 2019 The EIB, the financial arm of the European Union, is […]

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Human Rights Defenders in EIB-financed projects: a long way to go

From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders reveal how development financiers can fuel abuses or help fight them By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka, Bankwatch A new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the Defenders in Development Campaign reveals the alarming impact ill-planned investments in infrastructure, energy, […]

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