Counter Balance statement on the Commission proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council granting a EU guarantee to the EIB against losses under loans and guarantees for projects outside the EU
Policy comments | 9 June, 2010 | Download PDF
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 | 8 June, 2010 | Download PDF
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?
Official document | 6 June, 2010 | Download PDF
We are particularly concerned about the inadequate appraisal of environmental risks connected with the Turany – Hubova section of the D1 motorway in Slovakia, the damage so far and further potential impacts on the Natura 2000 sites and habitats of Community importance. We are convinced that the underestimation of environmental risks has led to insufficient mitigation measures resulting in a recent damage to a nature reserve by preparatory construction works.
Advocacy letter | 27 May, 2010 | Download PDF
The EIB’s annual meeting remains off limits for NGOs in contrast to the often fruitful discussions allowed with the staff and governing bodies of institutions like the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This in mind, CEE Bankwatch Network and Counter Balance: Challenging the European Investment Bank have written to the EIB’s governors ahead of their 52nd annual meeting in Luxembourg.
Balkan NGO position paper on civil society monitoring of the future Transport Community South-East Europe
Policy comments | 13 May, 2010 | Download PDF
The paper, sent to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) discusses the need to involve environmental civil society organisations in the development and approval of the Treaty for the establishment of the Transport community with the countries of the Western Balkans.