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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.5 Fte (3)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Counter Balance   (CB)

    EU Transparency Register

    02902955023-04 First registered on 17 Jan 2011

    Goals / Remit

    Counter Balance is a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations, formed in 2007 to specifically challenge the European Investment Bank. While the EIB remains our main target, we have since then expanded the scope of our work to other public finance institutions.

    Counter Balance's mission is to make European public finance a key driver of the transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable societies.

    Counter Balance includes members from:

    * Central and Eastern Europe: CEE Bankwatch Network
    * France: les Amis de la Terre
    * Germany: urgewald
    * Italy: Re:Common
    * Netherlands: BothEnds
    * Spain: ODG
    * United Kingdom: Bretton Woods Project, The Corner House, Platform London

    Main EU files targeted

    - Annual resolutions of the EP on EIB activities
    - European Fund for Strategic Investments
    - InvestEU
    - European External Investment Plan (EFSD)
    - NDICI
    - Global Gateway
    - Tax issues and anti-money laundering policies
    - European Green Deal & the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan
    - Recovery and Resilience Facility


    Head Office
    HeĊ™manova 1088/8
    Prague 17000
    EU Office
    26 rue d'Edimbourg
    Ixelles 1050


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 25 Feb 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Frank VANAERSCHOT 09 Sep 2022 09 Sep 2023
    Mr Paul CREENEY 09 Sep 2022 09 Sep 2023
    Ms Clara BOURGIN 26 Sep 2020 25 Sep 2021
    Mr Xavier Sol 12 Feb 2020 01 Mar 2021
    Mr Jan CALLEWAERT 27 Nov 2019 27 Nov 2020
    Mr Xavier Sol 21 Feb 2019 12 Feb 2020
    Mr Xavier Sol 11 Jan 2018 10 Jan 2019
    Mr Xavier Sol 26 Jan 2017 11 Jan 2018
    Ms Adriana Antonietta Paradiso 16 Mar 2016 15 Mar 2017
    Mr Xavier Sol 28 Jan 2016 26 Jan 2017
    Mr Berber Verpoest 02 Apr 2015 31 Mar 2016
    Mr Xavier Sol 11 Feb 2015 28 Jan 2016
    Mr Xavier Sol 20 Feb 2014 03 Mar 2015
    Mr Berber Verpoest 20 Feb 2014 03 Mar 2015

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    Alter EU

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year


    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Stiftung Open Society Institute 99,170€
    Contribution European Climate Foundation 62,461€
    Contribution Polden Puckham Charitable Fund 24,997€

    Major contributions in current year

    Grant CERV 32,300€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    In relation to above-mentioned processes, Counter Balance publishes reports and analysis, and provides decision-makers with recommendations on the design and expected impact of financial instruments designed at EU level.

    Other activities

    On behalf of Counter Balance the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 50 percent or more of their working time on behalf of Counter Balance carrying out such activities:

    Xavier Sol, Director
    Jan Callewart, Media and Communication officer
    Clara Bourgin, Policy and Advocacy officer

  • Meetings


    2 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 26 Jul 2023 Location video call
      Subject EU Export Credit Agencies and the Green Deal
      Cabinet Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans
      Portfolio European Green Deal
      • Olivia Gippner (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 08 May 2015 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject EFSI
      Cabinet Cabinet of President Jean-Claude Juncker
      Portfolio President
      • Paulina Dejmek Hack (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
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