Tag Archives: accountability

EIB 60th Anniversary: bank Governors called to act on key reforms in NGO open letter

For the 60 Anniversary of the European Investment Bank (EIB), a group of 21 European NGOs sent a letter to the Governors of the bank who are meeting in Luxembourg on 22 June 2018. This open letter highlight key challenges for the EIB in the context of the negotiations over the next EU budget and the […]

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Citizens for Financial Justice (EU DEAR)

Counter Balance is part of the EU DEAR project “Citizens for Financial Justice”: Informing and connecting citizens to act together to make the global finance system work better for everybody. Currently the global financial system increases inequality, often fails to create decent jobs, undermines human rights, devastates the environment and is creating debt crises. The […]

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A tour in the EU lobby world

Who influences the decision-making in the European Union? And how? Welcome to the complex – and often shady – world of lobbies. While the Brussels EU bubble can be perceived as an unclear ghost entity, it is actually a solid reality: estimations count 25,000 lobbyists revolving around the EU institutions, and their activities deserve a […]

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European Parliament criticizes the EIB for lack of action on climate and taxation

8 March 2018 Today, the European Parliament approved a critical report on the activities in the financial arm of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). This report sends a strong signal to the bank: it needs to step up its sustainability, transparency and accountability. Yesterday, in a debate in the plenary of the […]

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New study: ECAs go to market

Originally published by Bankwatch. Between 2015 and 2017, Finance & Trade Watch and Bankwatch, together with its national partners researched export credit agencies (ECAs) in seven countries of the European Union (Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). The aim of this research was to assess how the procedures and performance of these […]

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Civil society urges the EU Bank to lead on responsible taxation

On 12 January 2018, 13 NGOs and trade unions set a joint paper to the European Investment Bank (EIB) on its taxation policy. The signatories highlight that the revision of the EIB’s tax havens (NCJ) policy, foreseen in 2018, is a crucial opportunity to strengthen the tools the EIB uses to ensure its operations do […]

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EU’s Africa plan must put aid goals front and centre

Originally published on Public Finance International. By: Xavier Sol 30 Nov 17 Development objectives need to come first in the EU’s new External Investment Plan and be backed by high levels of transparency, says Xavier Sol of Counter Balance European Union leaders this week met their African counterparts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the fifth […]

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Between TAP and a hard place – Albanian farmers receive peanuts after losing land and livelihoods to gas pipeline

Originally published by Bankwatch. Interviews in Albania revealed a barrage of complaints about how the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been treating farmers affected by the mega gas project that may soon receive a record loan from the European Investment Bank. Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Web editor  |  30 November 2017 The full report from the fact-finding mission is available for […]

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New EU External Investment Plan risks sidelining development objectives

29.11.2017 Brussels/Abidjan As EU leaders meet their African counterparts in Abidjan for the 5th European Union/African Union summit, the European External Investment Plan (EIP) is in the spotlight. It is portrayed as the perfect recipe for the EU to combine development aid with  migration control and economic interests. But such a plan risks deviating from […]

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