A tour in the EU lobby world

Who influences the decision-making in the European Union? And how? Welcome to the complex – and often shady – world of lobbies. While the Brussels EU bubble can be perceived as an unclear ghost entity, it is actually a solid reality: estimations count 25,000 lobbyists revolving around the EU institutions, and their activities deserve a […]

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Counter Balance Activity Report 2017

All you need to know about our activities in 2017 in a short booklet. Read our 2017 Activity Report here.

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The EIB needs to lead by example on tax justice, says new report

Brussels, 3 April 2018 On the second anniversary of the Panama Papers and in the wake of the European Commission’s latest communication on EU anti-tax avoidance requirements on financing and investment operations, a new report by Counter Balance calls on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop a responsible policy and “show the way“ in […]

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Le traitement des plaintes à la BEI fait polémique

Originally published on Agefi.fr Les ONG accusent l’institution de museler le seul mécanisme lui permettant de gérer les griefs des parties tiers. Sur l’ordre du jour de la réunion, le sujet fait l’objet d’une ligne anodine : « Politique révisée relative au mécanisme de traitement des plaintes ». Et pourtant, la question, examinée demain par le conseil […]

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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

From the complete failure of the Castor Project in Spain, to an overpriced hospital in Sweden, projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) make no exception to the list of PPP disasters compiled in this new joint report. Brussels/Bali, 8 October 2018 History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing, launched on the occasion […]

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European development money helps sustain fossil fuels-based companies – report

Originally published on bankwatch.org. Five of Europe’s biggest climate offenders continue to enjoy billions of euros in public funds, according to a Bankwatch report released today. 27 September 2018 The full report is available here. The companies – Energa and Grupa Azoty (Poland), ČEZ (Czech Republic), Elektroprivreda Srbije (Serbia), and Bulgarian Energy Holding (Bulgaria) – […]

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The EU’s house bank obstructs climate action with continued fossil fuels spending and lacking investment in sustainable energy – new report

Originally published on Bankwatch.org Prague – A new Bankwatch analysis released today shows that in the years 2013-2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested EUR 18.4 billion in renewable energy projects in Europe and beyond, but at the same time handed out EUR 11.8 billion in EU public money to fossil fuels projects. The new […]

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In Kenya, a motorway funded by the European Investment Bank runs over roadside dwellers

Children dropping out of school, trees cut, people living in fear of another wave of forced evictions – the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) project reveals the critical absence of human rights safeguards in the EU’s overseas development financing. By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka. Originally published on bankwatch.org The nearly 1 000 km route connecting Mombasa and Lake Victoria […]

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The European Parliament resolution urges European financial institution to respect indigenous peoples rights

Celebrate the rights of those 5 per cent who hold 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity. Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Originally published by Bankwatch. The European Parliament resolution of 3 July 2018 on violation of the rights of indigenous peoples in the world, including land grabbing recognises the “central role” […]

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