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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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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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EIB pioneer investment in climate fund turns into a crash dive, according to NGO report

Brussels, 28 Feb Showcased as the ultimate initiative to fight climate change, the European Investment Bank (EIB)’s participation in the Althelia Climate Fund is nothing like the social and environmental success it was described to be – say the NGO Re:Common and Counter Balance in a new report released today. Contributing up to €25m in […]

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Trans-Adriatic Pipeline a major risk for banks, warns new analysis

Brussels, Belgium — An analysis published today by the finance watchdog groups Counter Balance and BankTrack has warned potential commercial bank investors to steer clear of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) owing to the project’s non-compliance with the Equator Principles, a set of risk management guidelines for project finance adopted by 89 commercial banks around the […]

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Bratislava Bypass, flagship EFSI failure: non-transparent decisions for dubious public benefit – New report

  A EUR 1.76 billion-worth project guaranteed through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)i, the Bratislava Bypass is a public-private partnership (PPP) supported by the Slovak government and promoted as the biggest EFSI project in Central Eastern Europe. Yet, preferred by the government to greener and more effective solutions to the traffic problems of […]

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Revealed: the EU’s flagship energy project is built by companies with a legacy of corruption

December 13, 2016 Prague – CEE Bankwatch Network No less than 15 firms contracted to build the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), the two main sections of the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, have been implicated in various forms of corruption in the past, according to a CEE Bankwatch Network report […]

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