Tag Archives: infrastructure

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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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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Future EU investment package falls short of climate ambition

Strasbourg/Brussels, 16 January 2019 Today the European Parliament took a disappointing stance on climate when voting to approve the establishment of InvestEU, the EU’s financing tool to attract private investments – say NGO groups CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, WWF European Policy Office, and Counter Balance.  The approved investment package keeps the […]

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In Kenya, a motorway funded by the European Investment Bank runs over roadside dwellers

Children dropping out of school, trees cut, people living in fear of another wave of forced evictions – the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) project reveals the critical absence of human rights safeguards in the EU’s overseas development financing. By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka. Originally published on bankwatch.org The nearly 1 000 km route connecting Mombasa and Lake Victoria […]

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The European Parliament resolution urges European financial institution to respect indigenous peoples rights

Celebrate the rights of those 5 per cent who hold 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity. Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Originally published by Bankwatch. The European Parliament resolution of 3 July 2018 on violation of the rights of indigenous peoples in the world, including land grabbing recognises the “central role” […]

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Citizens for Financial Justice (EU DEAR)

Counter Balance is part of the EU DEAR project “Citizens for Financial Justice”: Informing and connecting citizens to act together to make the global finance system work better for everybody. Currently the global financial system increases inequality, often fails to create decent jobs, undermines human rights, devastates the environment and is creating debt crises. The […]

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Public Infrastructure in Southeast Europe – in whose interest?

A group of 10 NGOs from 7 countries forming the “Balkan Monitoring Public Finances“ project published today a study and policy briefing examining trends in public infrastructure projects in southeast Europe, including the role of the EU and financing institutions. The study includes several case studies of controversial projects financed by the European Investment Bank […]

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EU climate commitments gassed by toxic subsidies

Originally published on the CAN Europe website. European politicians may be talking up their climate action, but in reality the EU is still subsidising new gas infrastructure that will lock Europe into the fossil fuel age for decades. The gas projects are also associated with human rights violations, corruption, and environmental destruction. Gas is a […]

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A tour in the EU lobby world

Who influences the decision-making in the European Union? And how? Welcome to the complex – and often shady – world of lobbies. While the Brussels EU bubble can be perceived as an unclear ghost entity, it is actually a solid reality: estimations count 25,000 lobbyists revolving around the EU institutions, and their activities deserve a […]

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Controversial Turkish-Azerbaijani gas pipeline gets major EU loan

15 March 2018 Prague, Brussels, Rome, London – Today the board of directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) green-lighted a EUR 932 million loan to the Trans Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), the Turkish section of the Southern Gas Corridor, a month after handing out the largest ever fossil fuels loan to the western section of the […]

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