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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Event “Turning forests into hotels” – April 15th, Brussels

SAVE THE DATE! April 15, 2 PM – Mundo B, Brussels Re:Common and Counter Balance are glad to announce the event “Turning Forest into Hotels”, that will take place on Monday, April 15th at Mundo-B, Brussels. Our new investigation exposes how a World Bank project that was supposed to protect biodiversity in Uganda is making […]

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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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Counter Balance submits its contribution for the EIB Energy Lending Policy

As part of the public consultation opened by the EIB, the Counter Balance coalition, together with Focus Association for Sustainable Development – Slovenia, submitted its contribution to the bank’s Energy Lending Policy review. Read the submission here.

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Who really needs the Krk LNG Terminal?

Originally published on euronews. By Elena Gerebizza, Re:Common Last week, local residents and environmentalists confirmed their opposition to the planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Krk, Croatia. A flagship project for the Adriatic country, the LNG terminal also features as a Project of Common Interest at European level, despite continuing controversies on its environmental impacts, usefulness […]

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Development in Reverse – Episode 3: the Nepal Marsygandi Corridor

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is funding the expansion of parts of the Nepal power system. The Marsygandi Corridor, passing over homes, lands forests and community spaces in the Lamjung district, Western Nepal, raises particular concerns about the impact on the local Gurung Indigenous Peoples. Our new infographic explains more.   For further details on […]

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Development in Reverse: Episode 2 – the Mombasa road

A project financed by the European Investment Bank in Kenya has caused repeated human rights concerns, including forced evictions, retaliation towards evicted communities and violation of the right to information and to language. We produced a new infographic summarizing all the problematic aspects of this alleged “development” project. Download it here.   >> Check out […]

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Development in Reverse – Episode 1: Ombudsman bashes EIB for mishandling a mining fiasco

Brussels – In an unprecedented ruling, the European Ombudsman concluded that the European Investment Bank (EIB) mishandled complaints about a major mining project it financed in Madagascar. The Ombudsman ruled maladministration for the EIB massive delays in handling the case and highlighted the poor monitoring on the implementation of the project on the ground. The […]

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