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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European Parliament improves the External Investment Plan, but significant challenges ahead

Brussels, 6 July 2017 By ActionAid & Counter Balance The European Parliament has just [6 July] adopted the final regulation setting up the External Investment Plan and its financial pillar – the so-called European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) [1]. The creation of this investment plan was announced by the president of the European Commission […]

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A tale of reverse development – the Ambatovy mine case

Originally published by OneWorld. June 16, 2017 by Laurence Soustras, Riana Raymonde Randrianarisoa Green shades of the tropical forest surrounding Madagascar’s largest seaport, Tamatave, is all that Google Maps shows. Then there is the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. But zooming in, some 20 kilometres southwest of the city, you can see it. Satellite […]

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European Parliament criticizes the Juncker Plan implementation

Brussels/Strasbourg, 15.6.2017 The European Parliament adopted today a critical resolution on the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe (so-called “Juncker Plan”) and its flagship initiative – the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Counter Balance welcomes the report adopted, although it paid little attention to the harmful environmental and climate impacts of projects supported […]

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Accusation Manifest, People’s Tribunal on the Castor project

Faced with impunity, the citizens accuse. You can join as an organisation or individual through this form until Friday, June 16th. The Castor project -a geological gas storage offshore in the Mediterranean-, granted to ESCAL UGS (66.6% participated by Florentino Perez’s ACS) by the PSOE government, hibernated its activity in 2013 after causing 1,000 earthquakes […]

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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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