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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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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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

From the complete failure of the Castor Project in Spain, to an overpriced hospital in Sweden, projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) make no exception to the list of PPP disasters compiled in this new joint report. Brussels/Bali, 8 October 2018 History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing, launched on the occasion […]

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European development money helps sustain fossil fuels-based companies – report

Originally published on bankwatch.org. Five of Europe’s biggest climate offenders continue to enjoy billions of euros in public funds, according to a Bankwatch report released today. 27 September 2018 The full report is available here. The companies – Energa and Grupa Azoty (Poland), ČEZ (Czech Republic), Elektroprivreda Srbije (Serbia), and Bulgarian Energy Holding (Bulgaria) – […]

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The EIB obstructs climate action with continued fossil fuels spending and lacks investment in sustainable energy – report

Originally published on Bankwatch.org Prague – A new Bankwatch analysis released today shows that in the years 2013-2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested EUR 18.4 billion in renewable energy projects in Europe and beyond, but at the same time handed out EUR 11.8 billion in EU public money to fossil fuels projects. The new […]

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In Kenya, a motorway funded by the European Investment Bank runs over roadside dwellers

Children dropping out of school, trees cut, people living in fear of another wave of forced evictions – the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) project reveals the critical absence of human rights safeguards in the EU’s overseas development financing. By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka. Originally published on bankwatch.org The nearly 1 000 km route connecting Mombasa and Lake Victoria […]

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The European Parliament resolution urges European financial institution to respect indigenous peoples rights

Celebrate the rights of those 5 per cent who hold 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity. Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Originally published by Bankwatch. The European Parliament resolution of 3 July 2018 on violation of the rights of indigenous peoples in the world, including land grabbing recognises the “central role” […]

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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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