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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

During the last months, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has come out with positive statements about shale gas investments, most recently on Poland – a rather rash endorsement of the controversial technology. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol, Bankwatch energy campaigner In February this year the EBRD’s managing director for energy… » read more

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A roundtable discussion on European public banks and energy lending brought together Members of the European Parliament and non-governmental organisations, while the public banks themselves chose to stay away. Posted by Berber Verpoest, Media officer for the Counter Balance coalition. (Cross-posted and slightly edited version from the Counter Balance blog.) “It’s your energy” goes the… » read more

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Just as Bankwatch published a new infographic juxtaposing the European Investment Bank’s beneficial and harmful energy lending, Europe’s political leaders have set a priority for energy investments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and focus on clean energy instead. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Bankwatch web editor One of the agenda points… » read more

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The energy director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has made astonishing statements about coal investments prompting Bankwatch’s EBRD campaign team to react. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, Bankwatch EBRD campaign coordinator At about the same time as scientists declared an unprecedented and increasingly dangerous CO2 concentration in the earth’s… » read more

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The European Parliament yesterday chastised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its explicit interest in financing a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo. NGOs hope the bank will pay more attention to the Parliament than it did to civil society and energy experts so far. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol,… » read more

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Poland’s government is hasting to adopt liberal shale gas legislation. It tries to avoid any interference by factually excluding local opposition movements and by pre-empting the development of an EU wide framework on unconventional fossil fuels. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ola Antonowicz, campaigner in Polish Green Network Amid the excitement about a European… » read more

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Following a fake press release in which the EIB ‘announced’ its divestment from coal, activists struck again the next day during the bank’s annual press conference. EIB President Werner Hoyer received the 2013 ‘World Coal Down’ award on behalf of all EU citizens. Unfortunately he had to put an end to the rumours of the… » read more

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A Bankwatch competition for ideas for EU funds investments that benefit the sustainable development of European communities could offer inspiration for EU and national decision makers. At the final award ceremony in Brussels, the winners told us about their ideas and how EU funding could benefit their countries. Posted on the Bankwatch blog by Patrycja… » read more

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A meeting of civil society and the European Investment Bank’s Board of Directors saw a surprising degree of agreement between two often adverse groups. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Anna Roggenbuck, EIB campaign coordinator This week saw the second ever meeting between the European Investment Bank’s Board of Directors and civil society representatives. It… » read more

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Live from the EU budget negotiations in Brussels … posted on the Bankwatch blog by Markus Trilling, EU funds campaign coordinator EU leaders and their entourages are now inside the Justus Lipsius building, sitting down to negotiate the top agenda item of the latest European Council meeting: the EU budget for 2014-2020. Alongside dinner they… » read more

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