Archive | May, 2015

Interview Ernest Urtasun (MEP, Greens): “The EIB should do more and better”

Ernest Urtasun started his first term at the European Parliament in September 2014 where he represents the Spanish greens. As rapporteur of the EIB annual report he discovered the potential of the Bank but at the same time he warns that this potential can only be realised if the EIB significantly improves the quality of […]

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Opening the EU Black Box Energy metabolism, dependence and geopolitics

The report ‘Opening the EU Black Box Energy metabolism, dependence and geopolitics’ was produced by our partner organisation ODG. Read the full report here. The social metabolism of the EU behaves like a black box. Its internal functioning, and the mechanisms that promote the entry and exit of energy and materials from interior, hide behind […]

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L’UE accusée de fermer les yeux sur un réseau de corruption en Italie

By Ludovic Lamant et Mathilde Auvillain. Read the full article on Mediapart La Banque européenne d’investissement s’apprête à soutenir à nouveau le montage financier d’une bretelle d’autoroute dans la région de Venise. Problème : des sous-traitants du chantier sont impliqués dans le scandale de corruption géant qui avait conduit à l’arrestation du maire de Venise en […]

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Reclaiming public banks

A thought provoking exercise In this new paper Counter Balance and Re: Common look into the role of public banks as powerful tools to finance projects of public interest and how public finance needs to be transformed for this to happen. Public investment banks have a huge potential to finance projects in times of austerity […]

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Counter Balance activity report 2014

Wondering what we have been up to last year? Read all about it in our 2014 activity report Our Director, Xavier Sol, outlines the most important things of last year and the main challenges for the next in his opening letter as a way of introduction. Being the only coalition fully dedicated to scrutinising public […]

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