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19/01/2017

EU’s climate and energy deals ‘disadvantageous for Poland”

Central Europe


Energy 09-01-2017

Green MEP: Hungarian argument for Paks II nuclear project is invalid

There are players in the game who are ready to take the Pak II case to the European Court of Justice – and I am one of them, Benedek Jávor told EurActiv Czech Republic.
Energy 12-12-2016

Fischer: Gas can flow via Nord Stream 2

Western companies should participate in managing the Ukrainian gas transit system, German Energy Envoy Peter Fischer told EurActiv Slovakia at the SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X in Bratislava.
Energy 09-12-2016

Polish power rep: Commission’s vision of the electricity market is 'slightly utopian'

Current market failures are well identified in the Winter Package. However, we feel that some of the proposals do not match the reality, Maciej Burny told EurActiv Slovakia.

Commission official: 'Bioeconomy is a unique opportunity to address societal challenges'

More and more member states are adopting bioeconomy plans and the EU is actively encouraging its Central and Eastern European partners to develop their own strategies. EurActiv Slovakia talked to the Commission’s John Bell about the issue.
Central Europe 04-10-2016

Socialist leader: Romanian president will disregard election result

Ahead of the parliamentary elections to be held on 11 December, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Romanian socialist party, warned of an "undemocratic" move by centre-right President Iohannis, who according to Dragnea, voiced his intention of nominating Dacian Cioloş for another mandate as Prime Minister, regardless of the election results.
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.
Euro & Finance 11-07-2016

Joschka Fischer: Stabilise the eurozone to defuse 'hurricane' Brexit

The EU will survive the Brexit storm, but it should stabilise the eurozone, said former German foreign minister and Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer in an interview with EurActiv.com, adding that France and Germany should lead the change.
UK & Europe 21-06-2016

Tannock: Mozambican migrants can vote in the UK referendum, but my Slovak wife can’t

The UK referendum on Europe is heavily stacked in favour of the Brexiteers, MEP Charles Tannock told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2016

Slovak ambassador: We’ll firm up our EU Presidency priorities after Brexit vote

Slovakia's agenda for its first EU Council Presidency will be adopted at the last moment, says Dušan Krištofík, the Slovak Ambassador to Poland. The reason is the British referendum on EU membership, which "will have a major impact on the Union" whichever way it goes, he told EurActiv Poland.
UK & Europe 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 27-01-2016

Andriukaitis: Please be worried

"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.


Central Europe 15-01-2016

Analyst: Commission is wrong to hit at Poland over the rule of law

One could be critical of the Polish government’s actions, and one could disagree with them. But it’s a completely different thing to call them undemocratic, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 02-12-2015

Sefcovic: The Commission will respond to Nord Stream's critics

Seven EU countries wrote to the European Commission, asking for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be stopped. The entire College of Commissioners will prepare the response, Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Czech EU Secretary: Refugee quotas are just a PR exercise

Refugee quotas as proposed by the Commission are just a public relations exercise. Refugees should have an opportunity to choose the country where they want to seek asylum, Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European affairs told EurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 29-04-2015

Analyst: Politics have marred Bulgaria’s energy sector

Politicians in Bulgaria tend to forget national interests. The end result is that there are no big energy-related projects on the Bulgarian horizon – either in the sphere of electricity or in the sphere of gas, Slavcho Neykov, energy policy expert, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 18-03-2015

Westinghouse: Nuclear energy has a great future in Poland

The biggest single market for nuclear energy in Eastern Europe is Poland, says Mike Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, the US multinational providing fuel, services and equipment for the nuclear industry. Polish authorities have spoken of potentially building up to 11 nuclear reactors by 2030, Kirst told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 24-11-2014

Jean-Michel de Waele: Orbán is more pro-Russian than the 1980 Hungarian communists

What Victor Orbán likes about Vladimir Putin is his model of state authoritarianism, his police state, and his grip on the media, Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Special Report
Central Europe 13-11-2014

Romanian anti-corruption chief: Fraud often begins when tenders are written

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codru?a Kövesi told EurActiv Romania.
Central Europe 15-03-2013

Graham Watson: Orbán 'enjoys playing the bad boy in the class'

European political parties must act responsibly and not give cover for members of their own political parties, British MEP Graham Watson, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, tells EurActiv.
Central Europe 14-11-2012

Hungarian minister: A budget for the eurozone will destroy the EU

A second budget for the eurozone would result in treating countries differently and ultimately destroy the EU, Enik? Gy?ri, Hungary's state secretary for European Affairs, told EurActiv Germany. 
Central Europe 31-10-2012

Scholar: EU backslides from diversity to differentiation

There is a tendency in the EU, especially when dealing with Central and Eastern Europe, to turn the reality of the European diversity into a differentiation policy, says Vasile Pu?ca?, a Romanian scholar and diplomat who was his country’s chief negotiator in the EU accession talks.
Central Europe 03-09-2012

Lewandowski: €1 invested at EU level can generate up to €14

Each €1 invested resulted in a return of €2.1 from 2000-2006, while in science and research the return reached up to €14, Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Special Report
Central Europe 19-06-2012

EU’s climate and energy deals ‘disadvantageous for Poland”

SPECIAL REPORT / Big EU countries such as France and Germany suggest that Poland should reduce its dependence on coal for its electricity. But Mieczys?aw Kasprzak explains why coal is so important to the country.