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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How Europe’s bank spends cash for climate undermines Paris commitments

May 22, 2017 Prague, Brussels The EU’s 28 finance ministers will be meeting tomorrow (May 23) to discuss the priorities of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the coming year. A new analysis finds the bank’s contribution to Europe’s response to the climate crisis has been worryingly insufficient and needs to be stepped up. An […]

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Award Winners Revealed

Nine European countries have been named and shamed today in a public fossil fuel subsidies awards ceremony in Brussels. From 10 April until 8 May, the public voted on the deadliest, dirtiest and sneakiest subsidies to fossil fuels in Europe. A Special Award was also symbolically handed out to the EU institutions for their support […]

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Investment Plan for Europe more climate friendly, but European Parliament shows little ambition

Today in Strasburg, the European Parliament lead committees have brought the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) closer to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they have once again fallen short of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which stand in the way of climate action. Today the ECON/BUDG committees (1) voted on the European Parliament’s […]

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New report: Towards a better model for public development banks

Today the NGO Network Eurodad published the report “Public Development Banks: Towards a better model” which proposes a blueprint for successful public development banks at national, regional and global level. With this blogpost, we highlight some of the issues raised in the report, and how they are relevant for the main institution we are monitoring: […]

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Italian communities block pipeline works to save ancient olive trees

by Elena Gerebizza, Energy campaigner for Re:Common. Originally published by Bankwatch. March 23, 2017 Resistance against the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been active for several years in the region. An ancient olive grove in southern Italy is currently on the frontlines of grassroots resistance to the Southern Gas Corridor project, the EU’s flagship energy project. Earlier […]

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Counter Balance’s statement in solidarity with the No TAP Committee

Counter Balance expresses its solidarity with the citizens peacefully opposing the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Melendugno (Puglia region, Italy). We stand in solidarity with the No TAP Committee and the non-violent actions to stop the illegal construction works that took place on the ground in recent days. Over the last years, we have […]

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