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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 […]

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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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#EP2019: Will you stand up for financial justice?

The objectives of the European Union are being diverted from its foundations as a union for peace and solidarity, towards servicing the interests of the financial elite. As part of the Citizens for Financial Justice network, we’re calling on European election candidates to stand up for financial justice and pledge to put people before profit: […]

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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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VIDEO: The song of the EIB

On the occasion of the EU elections 2019, Counter Balance and its partners call the citizens’ attention on the bank of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). What does it do? What are the challenges it has gone through so far? What the aspects that need improvement? And what can the citizens do […]

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Counter Balance submits its contribution for the EIB Energy Lending Policy

As part of the public consultation opened by the EIB, the Counter Balance coalition, together with Focus Association for Sustainable Development – Slovenia, submitted its contribution to the bank’s Energy Lending Policy review. Read the submission here.

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Parliament demands EIB to up its game on climate and human rights

Brussels, Strasbourg, 17/1/2019 Today, the European Parliament approved two reports (see here and here) on the activities of the financial arm of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). The two reports differ on some aspects – the one led by a far-right political group being less critical than the Budgetary Control committee’s – […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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