Tag Archives: complaint mechanism

Development in Reverse – Episode 1: Ombudsman bashes EIB for mishandling a mining fiasco

Brussels – In an unprecedented ruling, the European Ombudsman concluded that the European Investment Bank (EIB) mishandled complaints about a major mining project it financed in Madagascar. The Ombudsman ruled maladministration for the EIB massive delays in handling the case and highlighted the poor monitoring on the implementation of the project on the ground. The […]

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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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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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European Bank Threatens Step Backwards on Accountability

By Nezir Sinani, from Bank Information Center Europe. Originally published by Huffington Post US. Do you know which international financial institution (IFI) lends the most money? If you guessed the World Bank, you are wrong. You’ll find the answer in Luxembourg —- it’s the European Investment Bank (EIB). All of the existing IFIs have an […]

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Digging for Credibility

Originally published on Public Finance International (October 2017 issue).

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EU bank accused of muzzling watchdog

19 September 2017 By Jean Comte, originally published on EU Observer.    

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Glass Half Full? The State of Accountability in Development Finance

New research report finds development banks do not provide adequate remedy for people affected by their projects Download the full report and its annexes – including the annex on the European Investment Bank. Civil society calls on development banks to strengthen their systems to protect those harmed by the activities they finance. Counter Balance is […]

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The EIB complaints mechanism policy: only a green washing machine

The European Investment Bank (EIB) disbursed an additional EUR 40 million for the Bujagali dam in Uganda while complaints from the local communities are still waiting for a response. The dam is controversial because of its social and environmental impact. “By neglecting its own complaint mechanism, the EIB proves that its policy is nothing more […]

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