Why Europe must turn off the gas TAP – NGOs, academics & artists sign against the pipeline

Dear Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Suma Chakrabarti President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We call on the European Commission to withdraw support for the 878 kilometre long Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), and on taxpayer-funded banks to […]

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Counter Balance’s 10th anniversary

As European public banks have gained a more and more important role, over the last decade at Counter Balance we have been working to make sure these institutions lead the transition towards a more sustainable and equal society. We are glad to celebrate our 10th anniversary through a brief overview of our achievements and future […]

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Parliament sends strong signal to the EIB: Time to act!

In two reports on the European Investment Bank adopted today in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament have called on the EU’s bank to step up its efforts against climate change and enhance its transparency and accountability. Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch Network welcome the positions taken today by the Parliament in two complementary resolutions […]

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Major European loan to controversial Azerbaijani gas pipeline risks fuelling corruption, human rights abuse and climate change

October 18, 2017 Prague, Brussels A USD 500 million loan approved today by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the construction of the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) would enable this massive fossil fuels project while overlooking the continued repression of civil society and media in both Azerbaijan and Turkey. Traversing Turkey, from […]

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25 NGOs call for an independent and efficient Complaints Mechanism at the EIB

Brussels, 29/9/2017 Today, a group of 25 Civil Society Organisations provided comments on the draft Policy and Procedures for the Complaints Mechanism (CM) of the European Investment Bank currently undergoing public consultation. The signatories – a variety of groups based in Europe, the US and the Global South – call for fundamental reforms to the […]

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EU bank lent €5.3 billion to fossil fuel projects between 2014 and 2016 despite climate urgency

Brussels, 28 September 2017 While depicting itself as a pioneer in the global fight against climate change, the European Investment Bank (EIB) still massively endorses fossil fuel projects, dooming the EU to fail the Paris agreement commitments. The EU’s bank irresponsible climate conduct figures among the conclusions of a new report by the Overseas Development […]

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Letter to the EIB on the financing of MOSE project in Italy and corruption scandal

Re:Common and Counter Balance have written to the European Investment Bank (EIB) President and Directors to notify the bank of the latest developments regarding the trial for corruption that just ended in Italy in relation to the MOSE project. MOSE is a major infrastructure project in Italy which received financial support from the EIB for […]

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Human rights concerns over EIB loan to TANAP – an Open Letter

  In view of the upcoming EIB Board of Directors meeting on 19 September, Counter Balance along with a group of 25 NGOs has sent an open letter to the bank’s President Werner Hoyer and Directors, highlighting the serious human rights concerns over the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) project. As the bank envisages a huge […]

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Azerbaijan’s Laundromat scandal raises concerns over the EU’s growing business ties with the authoritarian regime

Azerbaijan’s Laundromat scandal raises concerns over the EU’s growing business ties with the authoritarian regime Brussels, 6 September 2017 – Statement by CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance and Friends of the Earth Europe Adding up to the list of shady practices of Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime the Azerbaijani Laundromat corruption scheme raises serious concerns over the […]

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