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Our Activity Report 2018

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

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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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Counter Balance Activity Report 2017

All you need to know about our activities in 2017 in a short booklet. Read our 2017 Activity Report here.

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New study challenges the infrastructure mega-corridors agenda

We live in an age of what might be termed “extreme infrastructure”, and “Mega-corridors” are its most visible manifestation. A new study by Counter Balance calls attention on this pervading global agenda and identifies the risks associated with it. While infrastructure corridors are not new, their expansion has now reached an unimagined extreme scale. New […]

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New EU External Investment Plan risks sidelining development objectives

29.11.2017 Brussels/Abidjan As EU leaders meet their African counterparts in Abidjan for the 5th European Union/African Union summit, the European External Investment Plan (EIP) is in the spotlight. It is portrayed as the perfect recipe for the EU to combine development aid with  migration control and economic interests. But such a plan risks deviating from […]

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New report: Juncker Plan backs billions in fossil fuels and carbon-heavy infrastructure

14 November 2017 Brussels, Bonn — While in Bonn at the UN climate talks the EU touts the Paris Agreement, back in Brussels the European Union is set to continue a funding tool that in last two years has lent billions of euros for fossil fuels projects, finds a new study from CEE Bankwatch Network, […]

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“Nature destruction cannot be compensated for” say NGOs warning communities against biodiversity offsetting

Brussels/Rome, 26 October 2017 As the world’s forests, lands and waters keep being destroyed, the people whose livelihoods are deeply linked to these places cannot continue their way of life and are often pushed into poverty and hunger. At the same time, the very actors profiting from this destruction have found a way to come […]

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EU bank lent €5.3 billion to fossil fuel projects between 2014 and 2016 despite climate urgency

Brussels, 28 September 2017 While depicting itself as a pioneer in the global fight against climate change, the European Investment Bank (EIB) still massively endorses fossil fuel projects, dooming the EU to fail the Paris agreement commitments. The EU’s bank irresponsible climate conduct figures among the conclusions of a new report by the Overseas Development […]

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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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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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