The Juncker Plan and the promotion of Public Private Partnerships: lessons learnt for future economic recovery measures?

In the context of the Covid-19 crisis, this question holds a significant importance, as there are vivid discussions taking place around the public provision of essential public services and risks linked to privatisations. And looking back into how EU public finance has performed in the recent past is an important exercise for mistakes not to be repeated in future economic recovery plans at European level […]

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 5: Can we trust financial institutions to manage climate change?

In the fifth episode, we talk about the role of big financial institutions or companies in the economic recovery and Green Deal.

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NGOs call on EIB President to put climate at the heart of recovery package

Today, together with 10 NGOs, we sent an open letter to Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), calling for its new role in the European economic recovery to be consistent with its climate commitments […]

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Counter Balance submits its contribution to the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap

As part of the consultation opened by the EIB, we submitted our recommendations for the bank to truly become the “EU Climate Bank”. Find our submission and summary of our key demands here.

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Policy Brief: EIB’s role in the EU Covid-19 crisis response

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, European governments have been developing public stimulus packages to help relaunch the economy and avoid a historic recession. As the ‘EU Bank’, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will play a flagship role under the EU recovery package in response to the health crisis and its economic consequences…

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 4: Good ways out of the corona crisis?

In the fourth episode, we talk with five experts from civil society organisations about the Covid-19 crisis.

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British managers of EIB-funded Kenyan firm accused of fraud, bribery and “highly questionable business practices”

The European Investment Bank was warned by whistle blowers in 2015 of the alleged corruption and mismanagement by Spencon’s ECP Africa-appointed managers.

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Counter Balance Activity Report 2019

Curious to what we’ve been up to in 2019? Whether it’s pushing the European Investment Bank into becoming a fossil free EIB by no longer investing in unabated fossil fuels or by publishing reports on the Juncker Plan or corruption. From climate and human rights to transparency, read about our most recent achievements below in […]

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Public health, the European Investment Bank’s amnesia

Translated from an original blogpost in Italian by Re:Common, available at https://www.recommon.org/sanita-pubblica-le-amnesie-della-bei/  Behind the scenes of the virtual European summit held on the 26th of March to find common measures regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, sent a letter to all European Finance Ministers with his own […]

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 3: logistics of globalisation – is this the world we want?

March 20, 2020 In the third episode of EU Watchdog Radio Nicholas Hildyard, UK based researcher and activist of the NGO, The Corner House, gives some fascinating insights in the world of logistics. A world that we all benefit from, but know very little about.  Hildyard, who just published a new report with Counter Balance, […]

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Counter Balance’s Recommendations on EIB Anti-Fraud Policy

On March 19th, 2020, we as Counter Balance, submitted our recommendations for the improvement of the European Investment Bank’s Anti-Fraud Policy. You can read or download the full document here:

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Vacancy: Consultant for funders scoping

Counter Balance and Bretton Woods Project are looking for a consultant to undertake a funders scoping for our organisations. We’re looking forward to receiving your proposals! You can find the consultancy offer here. Deadline: April 10, 20:00 CET.

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EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 2: Green Deal or EU-US Trade Deal?

March 6, 2020 In this second episode Nina Holland and Kenneth Haar, both researchers from the Brussels-based lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), analyze the ongoing negotiations on a EU-US trade deal and what impact this ‘TTIP-light’ could have on the so called European Green Deal. This Green Deal is the alpha and omega of […]

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