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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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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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Looting 2.0: supporting state capture at the Krk gas terminal

Looting2_0 11 February 2019 Re:Common, together with Counter Balance and Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia published a new report questioning the hidden interests behind the new LNG Terminal that Croatia wants to build on the island of Krk. Over the last decade, the building of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and regasification plant on the […]

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The EU’s bank downplayed climate risk in granting record loans to Europe’s largest fossil fuel project

PRESS RELEASE CEE Bankwatch Network, Counter Balance, Friends of the Earth Europe, Re:Common February 7, 2019 Brussels In a complaint lodged today with the European Investment Bank (EIB), civil society groups protest that the bank systematically underestimated the climate footprint of a fossil fuel mega project, the Southern Gas Corridor, which helped justify providing it […]

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EU bank urged to free itself from fossil fuels and take climate leadership, as it discusses new energy policy

Brussels, 4 February 2019 Civil society calls on European Investment Bank (EIB)’s President Werner Hoyer to take a bold stance in the fight against climate change and lead the bank out of fossil fuels by shifting its investments towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. The  “Fossil Free EIB” campaign has been launched today alongside a […]

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How to turn the EU’s house bank from climate laggard to leader?

Online media briefing: Friday, January 25, 11:00am-12:00 noon CET Join via this link: https://zoom.us/j/429943878 Next week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will be holding its annual press conference where President Werner Hoyer is expected to give an overview of the bank’s performance over the past year and its outlook for 2019. Reflecting on the EIB’s investments in the […]

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European Parliament takes incoherent steps on climate in future EU investments

Strasbourg / Brussels, 13 December 2018 As governments discuss how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP24 in Katowice, today the Budget and Economic Affairs committees of the European Parliament failed to prevent further public investments in fossil fuels under InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGOs group […]

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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

From the complete failure of the Castor Project in Spain, to an overpriced hospital in Sweden, projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) make no exception to the list of PPP disasters compiled in this new joint report. Brussels/Bali, 8 October 2018 History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing, launched on the occasion […]

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The EIB obstructs climate action with continued fossil fuels spending and lacks investment in sustainable energy – report

Originally published on Bankwatch.org Prague – A new Bankwatch analysis released today shows that in the years 2013-2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has invested EUR 18.4 billion in renewable energy projects in Europe and beyond, but at the same time handed out EUR 11.8 billion in EU public money to fossil fuels projects. The new […]

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