VIDEO: The song of the EIB

On the occasion of the EU elections 2019, Counter Balance and its partners call the citizens’ attention on the bank of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). What does it do? What are the challenges it has gone through so far? What the aspects that need improvement? And what can the citizens do […]

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Record citizens’ input to EU bank’s consultation calls on the bank to urgently abandon fossil fuels

Brussels, 28 March 2019 Today, as they submit their official contribution to the public consultation on the European Investment Bank (EIB)’s new Energy Lending Policy, citizens, civil society and local authorities call for the world’s largest public lender to end its support for fossil fuels projects. In the moment of highest public engagement with the […]

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Help Reform the EIB!

Sign the petition for an improved EU bank. In May, as EU citizens we will be called to elect our new representatives at the European Parliament. This democratic choice will be essential to make sure they push on our behalf to shape the kind of Europe we want to live in. And an improved European […]

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#EP2019: Will you stand up for financial justice?

The objectives of the European Union are being diverted from its foundations as a union for peace and solidarity, towards servicing the interests of the financial elite. As part of the Citizens for Financial Justice network, we’re calling on European election candidates to stand up for financial justice and pledge to put people before profit: […]

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Development in reverse, Episode 4: MHP agri-food in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the EIB, together with the EBRD, the IFC and some export credit agencies, is financing the company Myronivsky Hliboproduct Pjsc (MHP), controlling all aspects of the poultry production chain, with an 82 million EUR loan. Being among the three main suppliers of poultry to the EU, the company has virtually grown into a […]

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Our Activity Report 2018

Our 2018 activities, successes and future challenges in a short booklet.

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First overhaul the investment bank for a greener EU

Originally published on EU Observer. By Adriana Paradiso In a few weeks, as European citizens we will be called to elect our new representatives at the European Parliament. This democratic choice will be essential to make sure they push on our behalf to shape the kind of Europe we want to live in. And an […]

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New Report: Turning forests into hotels – The true cost of biodiversity offsetting in Uganda

The continuation of the extractivist model requires tools that allow to circumvent the law and to make possible what was previously unimaginable. A biodiversity offset project in Uganda has enabled the World Bank to turn a forest into a luxury resort. While international tourism groups are cashing in, local communities are being pushed off their […]

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Rebuilding the world: the hubris behind the global infrastructure agenda

Originally published on OpenDemocracy By Xavier Sol Infrastructure is not just about bricks and mortar. It is about systematic wealth extraction from local communities, whose territories are permanently reshaped in the name of capital accumulation. This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The […]

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