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EIB must stop funding fossil fuels, say 70 civil society groups

Brussels, 13 June 2019 Ahead of a meeting of the EU bank’s Governors in Luxembourg on Friday, 70 civil society organisations, think tanks and academics across Europe call for a fossil-free European Investment Bank (EIB) in a joint statement released today On June 14th, the EU Finance Ministers will gather in Luxembourg(1) as Governors of […]

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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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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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Major European loan to controversial Azerbaijani gas pipeline risks fuelling corruption, human rights abuse and climate change

October 18, 2017 Prague, Brussels A USD 500 million loan approved today by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the construction of the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) would enable this massive fossil fuels project while overlooking the continued repression of civil society and media in both Azerbaijan and Turkey. Traversing Turkey, from […]

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25 NGOs call for an independent and efficient Complaints Mechanism at the EIB

Brussels, 29/9/2017 Today, a group of 25 Civil Society Organisations provided comments on the draft Policy and Procedures for the Complaints Mechanism (CM) of the European Investment Bank currently undergoing public consultation. The signatories – a variety of groups based in Europe, the US and the Global South – call for fundamental reforms to the […]

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Why Europe must turn off the gas TAP – NGOs, academics & artists sign against the pipeline

Dear Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Suma Chakrabarti President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We call on the European Commission to withdraw support for the 878 kilometre long Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), and on taxpayer-funded banks to […]

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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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Parliament sends strong signal to the EIB: Time to act!

In two reports on the European Investment Bank adopted today in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament have called on the EU’s bank to step up its efforts against climate change and enhance its transparency and accountability. Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch Network welcome the positions taken today by the Parliament in two complementary resolutions […]

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New report analyses “corrupt but legal” practices in development finance

Brussels, 9 December 2016 Is corruption defined solely within the boundaries of what is legal? Is the deterioration of our democratic societies limited to officially acknowledged crimes such as bribes, money laundering and fraud? The answer is no, according to Counter Balance’s latest analysis “Corrupt but legal” published today, on the occasion of the International […]

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