Analysis – What’s New in the Investment Plan for Europe: Business as Usual or Genuine Innovation?

In November 2014 the European Commission (EC) announced a new investment plan that is to unlock investment in the real economy of over EUR 300 billion from 2015 to 2017. A new report by Counter Balance “What’s new in the Investment Plan for Europe: business as usual or genuine innovation?” launched today provides a first […]

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New Documentary: Walking the Line

Counter Balance, Platform and Re:Common are pleased to announce the launch of the webdocumentary “Walking the Line”. This webdocumentary presents the risks associated with the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline or Southern Gas Corridor. One of the biggest pipelines ever conceived, the corridor is supposed to stretch 3500 km from Azerbaijan to Italy and supply Europe with […]

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NGOs urge the European Investment Bank not to finance the Southern Gas Corridor

A group of 27 NGOs sent an open letter to the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) today urging the Bank not to finance the Southern Gas Corridor, a 3500 kilometres-long chain of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan to Europe. As the EIB considers granting the biggest loan of its history to the Consortium in […]

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Why the Southern Gas Corridor is the wrong fix for Europe’s future

By Xavier Sol, originally published on Public Finance International. A mega project to pipe gas from Azerbaijan to Europe both rewards an autocratic regime and promotes a misleading energy model While the international consensus over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been shaken again after the Polish anti-monopoly watchdog halted the joint venture between Russia’s […]

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‘We have no other option’ – Albanian communities face unjust resettlement process for Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

By Anna Roggenbuck, originally published by CEE Bankwatch Network. What is a perceived source of security for some can be a source of instability for others’ lives. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the most western part of the Southern Gas Corridor, a pipeline project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe is promoted by the […]

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Analysis – What’s New in the Investment Plan for Europe: Business as Usual or Genuine Innovation?

In November 2014 the European Commission (EC) announced a new investment plan that is to unlock investment in the real economy of over EUR 300 billion from 2015 to 2017. A new report by Counter Balance “What’s new in the Investment Plan for Europe: business as usual or genuine innovation?” launched today provides a first […]

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New Report: The Trans Adriatic Pipeline, an Opportunity or a Scam in the Making for Albania?

A new report published today by Re:Common and Counter Balance reveals how the preparations for the construction of the Albanian section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) are not on schedule and are putting private interests way out in front of the public interest in one of Europe’s poorest countries. In the context of the […]

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Civil society coalition calls for human rights respect by development banks worldwide

Increasingly, communities and civil society organisations who speak out about development activities are finding themselves under attack. In this reality of criminalisation of human rights and environmental defenders and shrinking space for participation in development, development banks have a responsibility to ensure that their activities do not cause or contribute to human rights violations, including […]

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New Report: Institutionalized Corruption in Romania’s Third Largest Company

Brussels, July 12 Counter Balance and its partner CEE Bankwatch have launched a new report exploring corruption cases in Romania’s third largest company. The Oltenia Energy Complex (OEC) is a key player in the energy sector in Romania and today operates ten lignite mines and four power plants. Supposed recipient of a EUR 200 million […]

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