Azerbaijan’s Laundromat scandal raises concerns over the EU’s growing business ties with the authoritarian regime

Azerbaijan’s Laundromat scandal raises concerns over the EU’s growing business ties with the authoritarian regime Brussels, 6 September 2017 – Statement by CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance and Friends of the Earth Europe Adding up to the list of shady practices of Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime the Azerbaijani Laundromat corruption scheme raises serious concerns over the […]

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Event: Global gas lock-in: linking North-South resistance – Brussels 21-23 September

Counter Balance, with Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and its partners is glad to announce the next gas conference in Brussels. 21.09.2017 – 23.09.2017 The conference follows up on a previous gas meeting in Brussels last year. Conference goals: Building a coalition against further gas infrastructures and LNG imports Organizing along supply chains Learning about impacts of gas extraction […]

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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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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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Southern Gas Corridor update: Russian involvement increasingly evident

While new public finance for the Southern Gas Corridor is lining up, the European Commission’s narrative that the pipeline would relieve Europe’s dependence on Russian gas continues to crumble. — By Ido Liven, originally published by Banwkatch — Another chunk of EU public money could soon be going to the Russian component of the Southern […]

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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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