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28/09/2016

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Interviews


Energy 28-09-2016

Co-op chief: People can produce most of their energy themselves

Half of Europeans could have solar panels on their roofs by 2050. And the trend won’t stop as small-scale energy cooperatives bring in eight times more revenue to local authorities than big utilities, argues Dirk Vansintjan.

Nobel Laureate: EU politicians ignore ‘politically unwelcome’ GMO science

European politicians support a great deal of scientific research but they often do not pay attention to the results if they are “politically unwelcome”, Nobelist Richard Roberts told EurActiv.com.
Special Report
Agriculture & Food 27-09-2016

German researcher: Free trade can cushion impact of climate change on agriculture

SPECIAL REPORT / Poor harvests, hunger and rising food prices: Climate change threatens food production around the world. The solution to all of this could be free trade, researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen told EurActiv Germany.

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.
Health & Consumers 26-09-2016

Beer boss: ‘Commission must bring NGOs back into the EU Alcohol Forum’

The dialogue between the beer industry and civil society organisations continues, despite health NGOs leaving the European Commission-backed EU Alcohol Forum, says Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2016

French expert: 'Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring'

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement.
Global Europe 23-09-2016

Bokova: My advantage is multiculturalism

In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, spoke of her experience and goals, as well as discussed her strengths.
Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe's new plan for Africa 'could reach €88 billion'

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EurActiv.com
Transport 19-09-2016

Gerbrandy: Europe's car industry risks being outfoxed like Nokia

In a few years’ time, people won’t buy a car just to get from A to B. Cars are going to become more like computers. The whole concept of transport will change, predicts Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would 'fan the flames of populism'

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
Euro & Finance 16-09-2016

Vestager: ‘We have Amazon and McDonald’s in the pipeline’

EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition Commissioner, has drawn praise and criticism regarding the Ireland-Apple case. In an interview with EurActiv.fr, she says Ireland’s appeal will actually strengthen the Commission’s case and says more tax rulings are in the pipeline, with Amazon and McDonald's coming next.
Special Report
Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

PVC boss: ‘We will not change our reputation in one day’

SPECIAL REPORT / IKEA’s decision in the 1990s to ban PVC from its furniture and textile products had a devastating impact on the industry’s reputation. But 15 years after phasing out the most toxic chemicals, the PVC sector believes it is now ready to gain acceptance as a sustainable material, says Brigitte Dero.
Global Europe 15-09-2016

Thai expert: Junta keeping international spotlight off internal conflicts

Despite the new constitution, Thailand's military government remains merciless towards its critics. Expert Anja Bodenmüller told EurActiv Germany that it is nearly impossible for the country to return to something resembling a democracy.
Health & Consumers 15-09-2016

Bulgarian health minister: Drugs availability part of regional cooperation

Bulgaria and Romania will soon sign an intergovernmental agreement to jointly negotiate the pricing and availability of medicines with pharmaceutical companies, Bulgarian Health Minister Petar Moskov said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Special Report
Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

SPECIAL REPORT / Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.
Special Report

James Nix: Brexit could pave the way for EU-wide carbon tax

SPECIAL REPORT / Originally, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) only came into place because the UK was opposed to using taxation as a policy instrument to reduce global warming. With Brexit, there is now an opportunity to look again at an EU-wide carbon tax, according to James Nix.
Sustainable Dev. 13-09-2016

Fabien de Castilla: Business waste recycling has enormous potential

Only around ten companies currently collect waste from SMEs in France. New laws oblige businesses to separate their waste paper, but big change will not come without bigger incentives, Fabien de Castilla told EurActiv’s partner La Tribune.

Lucie Sauvé: Schools avoid climate change for fear of being ‘controversial’

UNESCO has published its 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, linking education and sustainable development. But Lucie Sauvé is "far from convinced" that this is the right approach to ending poverty and tackling climate change. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

FuelsEurope boss: Burning global-warming petrol is society's choice

The burning of petroleum in transport, despite its contribution to climate change, is a choice made by customers in a society that runs on liquid fuel, John Cooper has said. The director-general of FuelsEurope stated that there had never been a referendum, asking whether people were prepared to pay more for a low carbon future.
Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EurActiv's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.
Future EU 09-09-2016

Tsipras: Euro-Med summit will unite Europe, not divide it

EXCLUSIVE / The meeting of leaders from Southern European countries taking place in Athens today (9 September) will put Mediterranean issues on the EU agenda, without attempting to create divisions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told EurActiv.com in an interview.
Sustainable Dev. 07-09-2016

Hans Bruyninckx: Green taxation ‘not really happening’ in Europe

Despite a “massive” body of research showing green taxation makes sense from an environmental and economic perspective, few countries are actually taking the step forward, says Hans Bruyninckx.
Elections 06-09-2016

Wagenknecht: Merkel 'gave the AfD their breakthrough'

One of the German Left's most prominent politicians hit out at Angela Merkel following the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party's election success, in an interview with EurActiv's partner, Der Tagesspiegel.
Sustainable Dev. 05-09-2016

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Local and regional authorities are stepping up their efforts to fight climate change, but limited access to finance often holds them back, Philippe Orliange told Cécile Barbière from EurActiv France.