An EU love affair with big pharma

In this special summer episode we’ll bring you the true story on how the EU has been dealing with the covid-19 pandemic

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Newsletter July 2021

During the first half of 2021 Counter Balance has been hard at work in fighting for a European Investment Bank that works for all. Be it in the field of Climate, Human Rights or Transparency & Accountability, we have been keeping the pressure up together with a coalition of international NGO's.

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‘Highway of Destruction’ raises questions about effective and safe access to remedy and poor human rights safeguards at the EIB

The study finds that the implementation of the EIB-CM’s recommendations lacks effective monitoring, and that as a result further forced eviction cases and other problems

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What we focus on

Who are we, what do we fight for and how do we achieve it? Find out!

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What we do

Challenging public investment banks

We’re a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with extensive experience working on development finance and public banks as well as campaigning to prevent negative impacts resulting from major infrastructure projects

Our mission is to make European public finance a key driver of the transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable societies

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Where we focus our efforts

Our activities focus on:
Climate Justice, Development & Human Rights,
Transparency & Accountability

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We conduct research on European public financial institutions and challenge investments that result in harmful impacts for people and the environment


We inform the public and open up debates on the role of EU public finance in the transition towards more sustainable and equitable societies


We coordinate advocacy campaigns towards decision-makers at EU and national levels to push for accountable, democratic and sustainable
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The teddy bear journey


For some years now, a profound reorganisation of our production systems has been underway. A new phase of globalisation has begun, which bears considerable social and environmental risks.

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