Frédéric Simon

Elections 24-04-2017

Moscovici: French election ‘a referendum on Europe’

The French presidential election run-off will offer a clear-cut choice between two radically opposed visions of France and Europe, said EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, in an unusual departure from the reserve imposed on EU officials.

Brexit 06-04-2017

Hübner: No more ‘lies’ in Brexit negotiations

The 48% of British people who voted remain in the EU referendum last year need to be taken into account in the negotiation process, said Polish MEP Danuta Hübner, the powerful chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

Brexit 29-03-2017

German manufacturers say ‘no concessions’ to UK in EU exit talks

A powerful association of German manufacturing industries, the VDMA, has called for “fair” discussions over Britain’s departure from the EU but warned there should be “no unilateral concessions” in favour of the UK, saying the EU single market was more important to them.

Digital 24-03-2017

EU hails new Airbus-size alliance for supercomputers

Seven European countries announced on Thursday (23 March) a joint initiative to acquire and deploy world-class high-performance computers, a project the European Commission says is comparable to the size of Airbus or the Galileo satellite navigation project.

Politics 22-03-2017

EU anti-terror czar: ‘The threat is coming from inside Europe’

A year after the Brussels attacks, Gilles de Kerchove told EURACTIV.com about the fast pace of development of EU security policy, calling for the “systematic use of biometrics” and “batch comparison” of databases in order to boost security in the Schengen area.

16-03-2017

The Brief: The right kind of populism

The European Commission wasted no time in hailing Geert Wilders’ defeat in the Dutch elections as a “vote for Europe, a vote against extremists”.

#Media4EU 15-03-2017

European media ‘deeply regrets’ EU plans to ditch search engine payouts

European media groups voiced concern Tuesday (14 March) that the European Union could ditch plans to force search engines like Google to pay them when their content is used.

21-02-2017

The Brief: FrankenGreece haunts Merkel

Old habits die hard in Brussels. Eurozone finance ministers proved that yesterday by once again kicking the can down the road rather than tackle Greece’s financial problems head on.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

Brexit 17-02-2017

Juncker warns Brexit deal will take longer than two years to negotiate

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes it will probably take longer than two years to agree on all the arrangements for Britain to leave the European Union, he said on Thursday (16 February).

Digital 16-02-2017

Law professor: ‘Autonomous weapons’ notably absent from EU motion on robotics, AI

The European Parliament is voting today (16 February) on a landmark resolution on civil law, robotics and artificial intelligence. Ahead of the vote, Euractiv.com explored the ethical and legal implications of robotisation with a professor of international and European law.

Global Europe 10-02-2017

The Brief: Emmanuel Macron wants you!

The United States of America. Home of the free. Land of the brave. And, until Donald Trump became president, a beacon of science, research and technology. And Emanuel Macron wants a piece of it.

Climate change 10-02-2017

Carbon market reform vote puts EU cement sector in the spotlight

Green lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised the stakes in the proposed overhaul of the EU carbon market, saying they would reject any deal that leaves the cement sector off the hook when the reform comes to a vote next week.

Public Affairs 08-02-2017

‘Don’t be afraid of science’ EU’s Moedas tells Commission

Carlos Moedas, the EU’s research and innovation chief, called on his colleagues in the European Commission to embrace science-based policymaking, telling politicians they will always retain the last word over scientists and shouldn’t be afraid of losing control.

Energy 31-01-2017

Denmark cracked ‘secret code’ in water-energy nexus, official claims

Thanks to determined policies, Denmark has succeeded in breaking the seemingly inextricable linkage between water and energy use. But replicating the Danish model at European level won’t be easy, policymakers warn.

Energy 20-01-2017

European power grid operators gear up for digital transformation

The next wave of digital innovation – and disruption – in the electricity sector will rely on artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology, according to the new boss of the European power grid operators association, ENTSO-E, who is drafting an IT roadmap for publication later this year.

18-01-2017

The Brief: Can a weak president make the European Parliament stronger?

Antonio Tajani’s election as president of the European Parliament was not greeted with much enthusiasm.

Global Europe 18-01-2017

The Kremlin ‘full of enthusiasm’ to interfere in EU elections

Full of enthusiasm for Brexit and Trump's election, the Kremlin will actively interfere with this year’s elections in Europe, first and foremost in France and Germany, but also in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, an opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin told EURACTIV.com yesterday (17 January).

EFSA boss: Trust in integrity of science has a cost

Studies on the safety of GMOs, glyphosate or other pesticides could enjoy higher levels of trust from the general public if there were stronger guarantees that the science behind them is really independent, says Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA: Glyphosate ban debate ‘legitimate’ but not about science

The debate on the toxicity of pesticides and the role of big multinationals in agriculture is a legitimate one to have, says Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it goes beyond the realm of science, he told EURACTIV in an interview, calling on politicians to assume their responsibilities and make their own decisions.

Transport 22-12-2016

Aviation exec: Research in electric aircraft ‘developing very rapidly’

Industry interest in electric propulsion for aircraft is growing fast but the first hybrid-electric jetliner is “at least a decade away”, according to one aviation R&D executive.

Energy 13-12-2016

Katainen warns against ‘insane’ push for energy efficiency

Jobs and Growth Commissioner Jyrki Katainen has insisted that the low-carbon transition and energy savings are needed if Europe’s economy is to be modernised. But he warned against pushing for “insane” efficiency targets and putting too much pressure on industry.

Energy 13-12-2016

Europe eyes ‘big bang’ in power savings from industry, SMEs

While standards for toasters, fridges and TV sets have so far grabbed most attention, the biggest potential for power savings actually lies in integrating industries and small businesses to the electricity system, a senior EU official has said.

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Transport 09-12-2016

EU racing against clock to revise aviation pollution law

The European Union is drafting an amendment to its aviation emissions trading system (ETS) after world nations reached agreement on a global scheme in October. A proposal will be presented in January, an EU official said, warning time is already running short to get the bill approved.