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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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Out for Summer, Episode 3: EIB Promoting development in Egypt – at what cost?

After the Arab Springs, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) engaged in the support of the country’s transition to democracy, endorsing the priorities of el-Sisi’s new government: energy and economic development. But a few years later, the human rights situation in the country still raises big concerns, […]

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Italian communities block pipeline works to save ancient olive trees

by Elena Gerebizza, Energy campaigner for Re:Common. Originally published by Bankwatch. March 23, 2017 Resistance against the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been active for several years in the region. An ancient olive grove in southern Italy is currently on the frontlines of grassroots resistance to the Southern Gas Corridor project, the EU’s flagship energy project. Earlier […]

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Counter Balance’s statement in solidarity with the No TAP Committee

Counter Balance expresses its solidarity with the citizens peacefully opposing the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Melendugno (Puglia region, Italy). We stand in solidarity with the No TAP Committee and the non-violent actions to stop the illegal construction works that took place on the ground in recent days. Over the last years, we have […]

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Azerbaijan suspended from the EITI – a Bankwatch and Counter Balance statement

A decision to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) adopted yesterday (Mar 9) is the latest reminder for international financial institutes to avoid supporting the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project   In 2015, the EITI board downgraded Azerbaijan’s membership status due to its relentless crackdown on civil society, political opponents and […]

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Counter Balance raises NGO concerns on the European Fund for Sustainable Development at EU Parliament hearing

Yesterday, Wednesday 8 March, Counter Balance intervened during a public hearing at the European Parliament where MEPs exchanged views with experts and stakeholders on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Organised by the Parliament Foreign Affairs (AFET), Development (DEVE) and Budgets (BUDG) Committees, the hearing hosted among others representatives from the European Investment Bank […]

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