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Advocacy letter | July 26, 2010

On the morning of July 22, members of civil society were attacked by scores of unidentified assailants. The police, called to the scene by the protestors, chose not to interfere. Reports from the ground indicate that clashes continued before the passively observing police eventually arrested local activists.

Official document | July 14, 2010

The report confirms Bankwatchs allegations that EIB did not pay sufficient attention during the project assessment: the severe social impact of the project should have led the EIBs competent services to exercise a cautious and targeted social assessment with a view to pro-actively identifying (and therefore promptly addressing) the major social concerns during the appraisal of the projects, while EIB documents do not contain any documental evidence of an appropriate identification of the social issues at stake.

Advocacy letter | July 2, 2010

The protest letter, sent by the Regional Centre for Minorities and Bankwatch member group Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development (CEKOR), describes recent incidents of threats and assault on families to be resettled to allow for a road construction. Belgrade authorities have apparently not improved their approach following the poor Gazela resettlement process. The letter calls upon the EIB to demand proper resettlement preparation and planning, including the participation of affected families.

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Study | July 1, 2010

As Europe is greening its economy and gearing up to decarbonise by 2050, most south-east European (SEE) countries still view energy efficiency and renewable energy as greens on the side of their main dish. Coal power and large hydropower are still the favourites on the menu, as they depend on indigenous resources and keep energy import dependency lower.

Policy comments | June 30, 2010

The EIBs transport policy is particularly important considering the importance of transport investments in the EIB's portfolio, as well as the transport sectors rising CO2 emissions in the EU. Bankwatch's comments argue for a clear policy orientation towards greenhouse gas reduction in the bank's transport lending and contrasts the EIB's current EIB lending figures with its own claims of emphasising climate considerations.

Policy comments | June 30, 2010

Bankwatch's comments on the European Commission's DG Energy's document "Towards a new energy strategy for Europe (TESE)" discusses the priorities for EU public financing we believe should be incorporated into a new energy strategy.

Policy comments | June 25, 2010

Bankwatch coordinators in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Poland have interviewed energy and financial experts from national ministries and other institutions. This paper is a summary of their findings.

Advocacy letter | June 21, 2010

President Thomas Mirow responded to our letter on July 12, 2010. His response can be downloaded as pdf.

Advocacy letter | June 18, 2010

The open letter, signed by members of the Coalition for Sustainable EU Funds, calls on the President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso to ensure a clear, transparent and participatory EU budget reform process that builds on the outcomes of the 2007-2008 consultation "Reforming the budget, changing Europe", which delivered an unequivocal request for change.

Policy comments | June 9, 2010

Given an array of evidence (described in this letter) that the EIB is not yet suited for a development role, and taking into account the increased onus within the Decision on development, Counter Balance strongly opposes the recommendations of the Decision that the EIB receives the €2bn optional mandate for a new climate mandate, increase its overall investments, extends the range of financial instruments offered, and undertake concessional lending by mixing EIB money with EU grants.

Bankwatch Mail | June 8, 2010

In this issue: Commission seeking to boost EIB development lending despite failures and lack of details * EU Budget review missing in action * Developments in development lending - what Lisbon means for EIB lending outside Europe * A non-meeting of minds once again at the EIB's annual meeting * EU Funds: More light equals fewer shades of grey * Fossil farce a cure for Greek tragedy?