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Civil Society Statement on the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

This statement has been developed jointly by Indonesian and European civil society organisations. The signatories believe that an EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) must first of all be approached as a means to serve the public interest.
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G-20 public funds still subsidising tax shy companies

Launched to coincide with the release of Avoiding Solutions: How ECAs help companies that continue to evade tax, this press release calls upon European governments to advocate for a redefined and stricter definition of Tax Havens and clear rules to stop ECAs supporting companies that operate through them.

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Avoiding solutions: How Export Credit Agencies help companies that continue to evade tax

This briefing note shows the folly of G-20 plans to increase ECAs’ capacity without ensuring they bring in regulations aimed at halting their support for companies that take advantage of tax avoidance loopholes such as offshore financial centres. It ends with a series of recommendations for ensuring ECAs are held to government policies.

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The EU - India FTA

A new FERN funded report by Kavaljit Singh on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement with a strong focus on the banking sector. The report asks the question who benefits from FTAs and shows that opening up India for European banks can have negative impacts for India
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Forestwatch Issue 136

  • Forests in EU-China bilateral agreements
  • Liberia received praise where due
  • Closer eye on EU finance?
  • EU illegal timber proposal strengthened
  • Climate Package disappoints
  • DG ENV boss shuns offsets
  • Reducing emissions or playing with numbers?
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Export Credit Debt. How ECA support to corporations indebts the world's poor

This briefing note by Both ENDS and FERN highlights the fairly hidden role of Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) in the debt problems of many developing countries. It explains how export credit debt comes about, and clarifies how the cancellation of export credit debt is written off with Official Development Assistance (ODA) money.  It concludes with suggestions about how ECAs should change, in order to become coherent with international efforts to reduce poverty through sustainable development.

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Bankrolling Climate Change: Why it is time to end Hermes flights of fancy

While the threat of climate change and the urgent need for action become ever clearer, air transport and other polluting industries are expanding on a massive scale. Supposed green pioneers such as Germany are supporting the trade with public money it hands out through its export credit agency Hermes AG. This joint briefing note by urgewald and FERN focuses on these contradictions and looks for a way out of a system that speaks of concern about climate change whilst funding some of its biggest causes.
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Exporting Destruction. Export credits, illegal logging and deforestation

Exporting Destruction, shines a light on the role that export credit agencies (ECAs) play in financing global deforestation and produces a set of policy recommendations to reduce their negative   impacts on forests.

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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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Forestwatch Issue 124

  • EU Renewables Directive includes 'irresponsible' targets for agrofuel
  • REDD brainstorm shows how much further discussions have to go
  • UK Government consults on Illegal Logging Legislation
  • New Forest Agreement is a step backwards
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