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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New report analyses “corrupt but legal” practices in development finance

Brussels, 9 December 2016 Is corruption defined solely within the boundaries of what is legal? Is the deterioration of our democratic societies limited to officially acknowledged crimes such as bribes, money laundering and fraud? The answer is no, according to Counter Balance’s latest analysis “Corrupt but legal” published today, on the occasion of the International […]

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A tale of reverse development – the Ambatovy mine case

Originally published by OneWorld. June 16, 2017 by Laurence Soustras, Riana Raymonde Randrianarisoa Green shades of the tropical forest surrounding Madagascar’s largest seaport, Tamatave, is all that Google Maps shows. Then there is the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. But zooming in, some 20 kilometres southwest of the city, you can see it. Satellite […]

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European Parliament criticizes the Juncker Plan implementation

Brussels/Strasbourg, 15.6.2017 The European Parliament adopted today a critical resolution on the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe (so-called “Juncker Plan”) and its flagship initiative – the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Counter Balance welcomes the report adopted, although it paid little attention to the harmful environmental and climate impacts of projects supported […]

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Accusation Manifest, People’s Tribunal on the Castor project

Faced with impunity, the citizens accuse. You can join as an organisation or individual through this form until Friday, June 16th. The Castor project -a geological gas storage offshore in the Mediterranean-, granted to ESCAL UGS (66.6% participated by Florentino Perez’s ACS) by the PSOE government, hibernated its activity in 2013 after causing 1,000 earthquakes […]

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How Europe’s bank spends cash for climate undermines Paris commitments

May 22, 2017 Prague, Brussels The EU’s 28 finance ministers will be meeting tomorrow (May 23) to discuss the priorities of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the coming year. A new analysis finds the bank’s contribution to Europe’s response to the climate crisis has been worryingly insufficient and needs to be stepped up. An […]

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Award Winners Revealed

Nine European countries have been named and shamed today in a public fossil fuel subsidies awards ceremony in Brussels. From 10 April until 8 May, the public voted on the deadliest, dirtiest and sneakiest subsidies to fossil fuels in Europe. A Special Award was also symbolically handed out to the EU institutions for their support […]

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Investment Plan for Europe more climate friendly, but European Parliament shows little ambition

Today in Strasburg, the European Parliament lead committees have brought the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) closer to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they have once again fallen short of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which stand in the way of climate action. Today the ECON/BUDG committees (1) voted on the European Parliament’s […]

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