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CEE Bankwatch Network

The CEE Bankwatch Network’s mission is to prevent the environmentally and socially harmful impacts of international development finance, and to promote alternative solutions and public participation. It is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with member organisations currently from 11 countries across the central and eastern European region. The aim of the network is to monitor the activities of the international financial institutions (IFIs) which operate in the region, and to propose constructive alternatives to their policies and projects in the region.

The CEE Bankwatch Network was formally set up in 1995 and has become one of the strongest networks of environmental NGOs in central and eastern Europe. Members of the CEE Bankwatch Network are NGOs from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine. Bankwatch focuses mainly on energy, transport and EU enlargement, while working at the same time to promote public participation and access to information about the activities of the IFIs across our region.

Address : Jicinska 8, Praha 3, 130 00
Czech Republic
Phone : +32 2 542 01 88,
Fax : +32 2 537 55 96
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EuroMeSCo formally began in June 1996, with an inaugural conference in the Portuguese town of Sesimbra organised by the Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais (IEEI), which is based in Lisbon and now serves as the EuroMeSCo secretariat and the operational base.

It was based on an earlier initiative, MeSCo - the Mediterranean Study Commission - organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome with the support of the European Union in February 1994.

The purpose of MeSCo had been to encourage cooperation between research institutes dealing with policy and security issues around the Mediterranean basin, thus bringing together institutes from five southern European Union member-countries and their Southern Mediterranean counterparts, together with Cyprus and Malta.

MeSCo had been expanded into EuroMeSCo with European Union encouragement as a result of the signature of the Barcelona Declaration the previous November. This ushered in the European Union’s comprehensive policy for the Mediterranean, the EMP or the Barcelona Process, bringing together European Union states with their Southern Mediterranean neighbours in an initiative designed to create a zone of "shared peace, prosperity and stability" there, in the words of the Barcelona Declaration. MeSCo responded to this challenge at its third annual meeting in Sesimbra in 1996 by deciding to enlarge its membership to include the other countries of the European Union which had, until then, been excluded from membership of MeSCo itself.

Since its creation in 1996, EuroMeSCo has been adopted by the EMP as an official confidence-building measure and has, with financial support from the European Commission, engaged in three research programmes. The first two programmes have generated a series of policy papers and a book, whilst the third research programme - a three year project - was completed in mid 2004, and followed by a two-year intern programme in 2004 and 2005. In October 2005, a new contract was signed with the European Commission and a new research and information programme launched for the period 2005-2009.

At the same time, the network undertakes regular meetings with the Senior Officials of the EMP to discuss policy and security matters and maintains close contacts with the European Commission and the Council of Ministers of the EU.

Address : EuroMeSCo Secretariat
Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais (IEEI)
Largo de São Sebastião, 8, Paço do Lumiar
1600-762 Lisboa - Portugal
[Phone : (+351) 21 030 67 00
Fax : (+351) 21 759 39 83
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