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NGOs call on EIB to halt fossil gas projects now!

On February 25, a coalition of international CSO’s sent a joint letter to Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB. The letter, sent by Counter Balance and 12 other international CSO’s, clarifies to the President the major risk factors involved in the recently approved Energy Lending Policy. These loopholes could undermine the ELP as a whole. […]

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13 NGO’s urge EIB not to invest in Nice airport

Today, together with 13 NGO’s we sent a letter to the European Investment Bank (EIB) asking them not to support the expansion of the airport in Nice. This project is completely opposite to what the EIB is aiming to become, namely the EU Climate Bank. The original letter is in French, here is a short […]

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EU Watchdog Radio: Episode 1

February 12, 2020  EU Watchdog Radio is a new podcast hosted jointly by two Brussels based organisations Counter Balance (CB) and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). In the very first episode Xavier Sol of Counter Balance discusses how the European Union is planning to finance the Green Deal and the role played by the transformation of […]

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Green Deal vs fossil gas: Supporting Croatia LNG, a case of EU hypocrisy

The new decade just started with the approval of the European Green Deal and its €1 trillion plan to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe during the next ten years. It’s a historic step that follows the approval of an ambitious policy at the European Investment Bank (EIB) just a few months […]

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EIB Energy Lending Policy: Stepping closer to a fossil free finance

On November 17, 2019 the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced its new Energy Lending Policy (ELP) and proclaimed it will become the EU #Climate Bank. Sounds great at first glance, but what’s next?  From avoiding a 2 year gas bonanza to making sure we put our money where our mouth is, there are a few key […]

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Heating up – The negative impact of development banks supporting geothermal industry in Kenya

Guest article by Lotte Hughes (Independent scholar and historian of Kenya) “My feeling is like this is the end of the world, it is the end of us. Only a rich man can survive here.” Fatuma Hitler, 53-year-old Samburu woman, RAPland village, Kenya Geothermal energy is widely touted as green, clean, and good news for […]

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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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European Investment Bank: the EU’s hidden giant

Originally published on the Financial Times. By Rochelle Toplensky and Alex Barker 15 July 2019 06:00 Clearer purpose sought for one the world’s biggest and most peculiar banks Safely hidden in the woods of Luxembourg sits one of the world’s biggest and most peculiar banks.  It issues more bonds than JPMorgan but is not supervised by […]

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EIB plans to end funding fossil fuels by 2021

Originally published by Public Finance International. By: Calum Rutter – 2 Aug 19 The European Investment Bank looks likely to make a “game-changing” move and stop funding fossil fuels by the end of 2020. A newly released draft policy from the bank said rapid and drastic action was needed to fight climate change and meet the objectives […]

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EIB plans to cut all funding for fossil fuel projects by 2020

Originally published by the Guardian. EU’s lending arm financed oil, gas and coal projects in 2018 with more than €2.4bn Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent Fri 26 Jul 2019 16.36 BST The European Investment Bank has vowed to end its multibillion euro financing for fossil fuel projects by the end of next year in order to align its strategy […]

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