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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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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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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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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