Tag Archives: transparency

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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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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European Ombudsman requests more lending transparency from European Investment Bank

Brussels, 24 May 2018 The European Ombudsman has asked the European Investment Bank (EIB) to increase transparency in its lending activities. A group of NGOs has welcomed the decision, published yesterday, but regrets the weak language used, which only makes suggestions and encourages the Bank to adopt certain levels of transparency. The decision was adopted […]

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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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Public Infrastructure in Southeast Europe – in whose interest?

A group of 10 NGOs from 7 countries forming the “Balkan Monitoring Public Finances“ project published today a study and policy briefing examining trends in public infrastructure projects in southeast Europe, including the role of the EU and financing institutions. The study includes several case studies of controversial projects financed by the European Investment Bank […]

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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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EIB must take these 10 actions towards fair taxation

Originally published by CTMfile. 3rd Apr 2018 by Bija Knowles The European Investment Bank (EIB) must clean up its act on fiscal matters and develop a more responsible taxation policy, says a report released today by Counter Balance, a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations. Xavier Sol, the director of Counter Balance, writes […]

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EU’s Main Lender Still Tied to Tax Havens, Watchdog Warns

Originally published on Bloomberg BNA. April 4, 2018 By Joe Kirwin The European Investment Bank continues to provide loans for development projects that involve companies or financial groups that either use or are based in tax havens, according to a watchdog group. The European Commission blocked EIB projects worth more than $1 billion in 2016 […]

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No more excuses: The EIB needs a responsible policy against tax abuses

Originally published on Euractiv. By Antonio Tricario and Xavier Sol Apr 3, 2018 The European Investment Bank is a public institution and supports projects in the name of EU policies. It is therefore high time for the EU bank to ask for more than what commercial banks do for the sake of justice and broader […]

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EIB needs to commit to responsible taxation policy, NGO coalition says

Originally published on Euractiv. By Claire Stam – Apr 3, 2018 Version française ici. On the second anniversary of the Panama Papers tax scandal, the European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations, Counter Balance, urged the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop a comprehensive and responsible taxation policy. To back its claim, Counter Balance […]

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