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Alleged Mafia links and corruption lead to calls for OLAF investigation into EIB-backed Italian motorway

Alleged Mafia links and corruption lead to calls for OLAF investigation into EIB-backed Italian motorway

Brussels – Today three NGOs [1] filed a complaint with OLAF, calling on the EU’s anti-fraud office to open an investigation into a EUR 350 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan for a motorway project in Italy. The project and several subcontracting companies are under investigation by the Italian authorities for alleged fiscal fraud and […]

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Natural capital: a fairytale with an unhappy ending

The idea of putting a price on nature to protect it is gaining ground. End of November big companies, banks, governments and even the United Nations gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC). We were present as well. Not to join their party but to resist the idea that […]

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Power to the people!

Power to the people!

Community power is the future! That’s at least our conclusion after an intensive year of working on energy issues and engaging with EU citizens. In a final expert debate that idea was confirmed but on the path towards it there are still many obstacles to overcome. The past year Counter Balance has created 9 different […]

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UPDATE – EIB and corruption: The Ibori case

UPDATE – EIB and corruption: The Ibori case

“In poor countries [corruption] can kill. Money meant for drugs for a sick child, or to build a hospital, can be siphoned off into overseas bank accounts or to build a luxury house”, Hilary Benn, former UK Secretary of State for International Development   Police picture in Ibori’s house Corruption – broadly defined as “the […]

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TAP, Energy security and human rights

When it comes to securing energy supply, human rights principles are easily set aside it seems as EU leaders will be attending the signing ceremony of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Azerbaijan tomorrow. by Emma Hughes, External Energy Policy Officer, Platform and Elena Gerebizza, Energy and Climate Campaigner, Counter Balance, originally appeared on BlogActiv Citizens of […]

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[Partner Publication] Extractive Energy: How the EU ETS exacerbates climate change

Our colleagues from Carbon Trade Watch have recently published this report questioning the EU’s dependency on fossil fuels and the role of the EU ETS. Energy in the EU is dominated by fossil fuels. About 77% of energy used by the average European citizen is met by oil, gas and coal. Nuclear power provides an […]

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