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Out for Summer, Episode 2: how public banks support an unsustainable farming giant in Ukraine, ignoring communities’ rights

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) is a poultry farming giant operating in Ukraine. The company has received several loans by public banks including the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), even though its activities are seriously impacting the environment and local rural communities. The banks have so far declined any […]

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Out for Summer, Episode 1: The Ambatovy mine in Madagascar – How the EIB is sweeping a development fiasco under the rug

This summer we would like to shed light on the European Investment Bank’s operations outside the EU. “Out for summer” is a series of articles focusing on different cases of troubled development stories. First stop: Ambatovy, Madagascar. The Ambatovy project, together with the Mopani mine in Zambia, was the last mining project directly financed by […]

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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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European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – Public Vote

Counter Balance supports the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards, launched by CAN Europe. Most governments don’t like to talk about the fact that they are giving money to fossil fuels, and in some cases they do what they can to hide them. It is simply unfair to European citizens to keep these subsidies in the […]

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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 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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