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Export credit agencies: NGO Statements

Open letter re Ghana VPA

A letter by FERN and Global Witness to alert the European Commission of a few oustanding issues that need to be resolved before signing a VPA with Ghana would be acceptable to the European NGO community

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Open letter to Malaysian Government by NGOs involved in FLEGT

An open letter from numerous NGOs in Europe and Indonesia and various African countries involved in the EU FLEGT programme to the Malaysian Government asking for improvements in the consultation process to negotiate a partnership agreement with the EU to control illegal logging
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Call to halt Ilisu Dam - International Day of Action for Rivers

Joint Call to halt Ilisu Dam Development on the Occasion of the
International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life 14 March 2008.
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NGO presentation to UK Government on illegal logging

Presentation by FERN to UK Government on 24 January 2008 concerning additional options to control illegal timber imports into the EU.
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Memorandum on the OECD's Export Credit Group

Memorandum of FERN and ECA-Watch Concerning the OECD Export Credit Group's Lack of Coherence with OECD Goals and Objectives and Other Major Problems

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NGOs suspend engagement with OECD Export Credit Group

Letter from FERN and others to the ECG  setting out the reasons for the 5 November 2007 NGO walk-out in protest over the OECD Export Credit Group's unwillingness to engage in substantive exchanges of views on issues that have been raised by NGOs over the years.
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Summary Evaluation of ToR Ilisu Dam Project

A submission prepared in cooperation with members of the Ilisu Dam Campaign as a response to conditions published by financing export credit agencies. The report demonstrates that the project approval process for the Ilisu Dam was in breach of World Bank standards and that  the additional conditions, which are vague, unsubstantiated and of poor scientific quality, fail to bring the project in line with international standards
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Most recent publications

Still exporting destruction: A civil society assessment of Export Credit Agencies’ compliance with EU Regulation (PE-CONS 46/11)

ECA Watch has prepared this ‘shadow report’ — with the support of other civil society groups — in order to assess current ECA practice in relation to issues such as transparency, public accountability and more generally, their compliance with the EU’s ob
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Member State compliance with Article 21 of the Lisbon Treaty

On 6 August 2012, ECA Watch and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice sent a letter to the President of the Commission Jose Manuel Barroso requesting a meeting to discuss how the Commission intends to monitor Member State compliance with Article 21 of the Lisbon Treaty and how NGOs can be involved in the elaboration of an appropriate compliance framework

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) default on its obligations to Export Credit Agencies

Press release launched on the day that more than 30 European non governmental organisations (NGOs)  delivered a letter calling on governments not to fund a new pulp mill proposed by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the world's most controversial pulp and paper companies. The plant is planned to be build in Sumatra, Indonesia where APP is estimated to have already pulped more than two million hectares of natural rainforests.

Giving human rights credit: EU countries agree to toughen export loan scrutiny

A press release from ECA-Wach, Amnesty International and Eurodad. It welcomes EU permanent representatives' endorsement of the European Parliament’s proposal to make national export credit agencies (ECAs) more accountable for the support they give companies doing business around the world. The three organisations believe this move will increase transparency and human rights compliance and  hope that this will trigger more ambitious reforms in EU capitals, leading to a general reform in global ECA standards.

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Financing nuclear times

This newspaper style publication is available in hard copy from It outlines the history of Export Credit Agencies' support for the nuclear industry and concludes by detailing the destructive projects still in the pipeline.

Export Credit Agencies’ funding of disastrous nuclear projects put in the spotlight at G20 meeting

A press release launched on  the opening day of a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency. It explains how Export Credit Agency (ECA) support for the nuclear industry has increased the burden on indebted nations, fuelled the India, Pakistan arms race and continues to prop up a non financially viable industry. 

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