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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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REPORT: The best laid plans: why the Investment Plan for Europe does not drive the sustainable energy transition

by Markus Trilling, EU funds campaign coordinator at CEE Bankwatch If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t – a thought that inevitably comes to mind seeing the European Commission and the European Investment Bank congratulating themselves for the great job they’ve done. One and a half years after the launch of […]

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“Walking the Line” of the Southern Gas Corridor: the Webocumentary

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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Reclaiming public banks

A thought provoking exercise In this new paper Counter Balance and Re: Common look into the role of public banks as powerful tools to finance projects of public interest and how public finance needs to be transformed for this to happen. Public investment banks have a huge potential to finance projects in times of austerity […]

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Counter Balance activity report 2014

Wondering what we have been up to last year? Read all about it in our 2014 activity report Our Director, Xavier Sol, outlines the most important things of last year and the main challenges for the next in his opening letter as a way of introduction. Being the only coalition fully dedicated to scrutinising public […]

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