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    Reference: SG/E/2018/38
    Received Date: 31 August 2018
    Subject: Devenish Nutrition
    Complainant: Confidential
    Allegations: Alleged unfair evaluation of environmental impacts / Non-compliance with EU environmental standards
    Type: E - Environmental and social impacts of financed projects
    Suggestions for improvement: no
    Dispute Resolution*

    * Admissibility date reflects the date the case was officially registered. All other dates pertain to the date in which a stage was completed.

    Case Description

    Two civil society organisations (Complainants) submitted a complaint to the European Investment Bank’s Complaints Mechanism (EIB-CM) concerning the Devenish Nutrition project. The Complainants considered that the decision-making processes of the EIB were carried out erroneously, unfairly and unlawfully, given (1) the EIB’s failure to complete a number of environmental assessment processes as required by the EIB’s own rules and procedures, EU environmental law, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the ESPOO Convention1, and (2) the EIB’s failure to inform, consult and take cognisance of affected communities and vulnerable groups in line with the Aarhus Convention.

    The EIB-CM reviewed the compliance of the Bank’s Assessment with the EIB Standards related to investment programmes. The EIB-CM found that the Bank’s assessment complied with the applicable EIB Standard, therefore no recommendations are made in this case.


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