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Special Economic Zones: Opportunities or business as usual?

Special Economic Zones (SEZ) could at first glance seem like a good idea. However, they’re often accompanied by the exploitation of labour, extreme performance pressure on workers due to a principle of “just in time”-delivery and the enrichment of large companies while workers struggle to make ends meet. Together with Re:Common we dive deep in […]

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EIB Energy Lending Policy: Stepping closer to a fossil free finance

On November 17, 2019 the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced its new Energy Lending Policy (ELP) and proclaimed it will become the EU #Climate Bank. Sounds great at first glance, but what’s next?  From avoiding a 2 year gas bonanza to making sure we put our money where our mouth is, there are a few key […]

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New investigation reveals how the EU’s Bank fails to tackle fraud and corruption in its investments

19 November 2019 Investments made by the European Investment Bank are wide open to abuse by fraudsters, money-launders and corrupt politicians, according to a damming new investigation by Counter Balance. Although, on paper, the Bank has controls in place to reduce the risk of fraud and corruption, the Bank’s policies are poorly policed and full […]

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Too soon to call the “Juncker Plan” a success – new report

October 1, 2019 Brussels, Prague The EU’s next major investment scheme, succeeding the so-called Juncker Plan, is likely to be central to the ‘European Green Deal’ touted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. But a report released today by watchdog NGOs Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch Network finds the Juncker Plan has so far […]

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Cast the spotlight on financial injustice to tackle rising inequalities, says new report

26 September 2019 As the international community meets at the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new report launched by Citizens for Financial Justice argues that the increased and unregulated growth of the finance industry has been contributing to deepening inequalities across the world.  Spotlight on financial justice […]

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Gaining control – an MEP toolkit to get the EIB on track

Counter Balance’s new guide for MEPs aims at having parliamentarians monitor the European Investment Bank more closely. The ‘EU Bank’ is the biggest public bank in the world. Last year it spent EUR 65 billion and it is at the heart of investment plans designed at EU level. The bigger the EIB grows, the more […]

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Spotlight on financial justice – understanding global inequalities to overcome financial injustice

Citizens for Financial Justice new report – Spotlight on financial justice: understanding global inequalities to overcome financial injustice – is being released on Thursday 26 September 2019, to coincide with the High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development at the UN. The report was compiled by Citizens for Financial Justice partners and other contributors, coordinated […]

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EU development finance can play a stronger and better role, say CSOs

July 2019 CEE Bankwatch Network, Concord, Counter Balance and Eurodad submitted a set of recommendations to the High Level Group of Wise Persons on the European financial architecture for development. Below is a summary of the main points. The full version is available here. Over the last few decades, the European financial architecture for development […]

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From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders reveal how development financiers can fuel abuses or help fight them

A new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the Defenders in Development Campaign reveals the alarming impact ill-planned investments in infrastructure, energy, and other development activities are having on the safety and wellbeing of human rights defenders around the world. Uncalculated Risks contains 25 case studies highlighting the grave dangers faced […]

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Our Activity Report 2018

Our 2018 activities, successes and future challenges in a short booklet.

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