European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – Public Vote

Counter Balance supports the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards, launched by CAN Europe. Most governments don’t like to talk about the fact that they are giving money to fossil fuels, and in some cases they do what they can to hide them. It is simply unfair to European citizens to keep these subsidies in the […]

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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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New Report: Going abroad – A critique of the EIB’s External Lending Mandate

November 16, 2016 Brussels, Prague The EIB is increasingly given a prominent role in the EU’s response to the so-called refugee crisis stretching the bank’s operations well beyond the its current mandate for overseas investments. Yet, a new report by Counter Balance and CEE Bankwatch Network takes a closer look at projects the EU’s house […]

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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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Parliament inaction on lobby transparency could sink register reform

Friday, March 17, 2017 Issued by The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) The European Parliament must do more to improve lobby transparency, 100 civil society organisations urged in an open letter published today. MEPs were warned that the European Commission’s current proposal for a revised EU Transparency Register would allow for even […]

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Azerbaijan suspended from the EITI – a Bankwatch and Counter Balance statement

A decision to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) adopted yesterday (Mar 9) is the latest reminder for international financial institutes to avoid supporting the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project   In 2015, the EITI board downgraded Azerbaijan’s membership status due to its relentless crackdown on civil society, political opponents and […]

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Counter Balance raises NGO concerns on the European Fund for Sustainable Development at EU Parliament hearing

Yesterday, Wednesday 8 March, Counter Balance intervened during a public hearing at the European Parliament where MEPs exchanged views with experts and stakeholders on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Organised by the Parliament Foreign Affairs (AFET), Development (DEVE) and Budgets (BUDG) Committees, the hearing hosted among others representatives from the European Investment Bank […]

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