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23/01/2017

PA boss: New EU landscape requires ‘professional’ business groups

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Digital 17-01-2017

Spain's Público: Media crisis comes from elitist thinking, distance from the people

The media has lost its credibility because publishers can’t realise they are writing for the establishment while the middle class is slowly losing its economic position, argues Virginia Perez.
Digital 16-01-2017

EFE director: The European project needs help, and the media can provide it

The European project needs a truly European public opinion and the media can help construct it. The EU institutions should work with national media to inform citizens and combat populism, José Manuel Sanz Mingote told EurActiv's founder Christophe Leclercq. José Manuel Sanz Mingote is international director of the Spanish-speaking news agency EFE. In an interview …

Digital 13-01-2017

Tagesspiegel publisher: Tech-savvy journalists are the key to media innovation

Sebastian Turner is the publisher and part-owner of Der Tagesspiegel. Based in Berlin, the seventy-one-year-old newspaper is considered one of Germany's most influential dailies. In a #Media4EU interview with Christophe Leclercq, the founder of EurActiv, Turner explained why the media should not be owned by oligarchs and how the sector will reform itself.
Elections 13-01-2017

Greens' Parliament candidate: 'I'm actually radical'

One of the outside candidates for the European Parliament Presidency explains why a Brit, a woman and a Green should get the job – even if her respectable appearance and former job as a teacher doesn’t prevent her from going on demos.
Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Syriza minister: Tajani represents the austerity establishment

Austerity widens social and economic disparities at the expense of the majority of people. EPP candidate for European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, has always been a representative of the austerity establishment, Panagiotis Kouroumplis said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Public Affairs 16-12-2016

Pittella: 'Small and big groups will be equal’ in my Parliament

If he becomes the next president of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, the candidate for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group, promises to open a “new phase” in which all political groups have equal rights in shaping decisions.
Public Affairs 16-12-2016

Tajani: 'I will be a president who fights for values'

As it continues to reduce public debt, Europe should stick to the "social economy model" and ensure no one is left behind by globalisation, Italian MEP Antonio Tajani, the European People's Party (EPP) group's candidate for the Parliament presidency, said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Public Affairs 17-11-2016

Gomes: Outrageous that Oettinger gets away with it because he’s German

Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany,  MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Digital 02-11-2016

Media scholar: Let’s be modest about creating a European public sphere

Attempts at creating Europe-wide media have so far fallen flat. But that doesn’t mean all are doomed to fail, according to Belgian Professor François Henderyckx, who says media bosses haven’t really learned the lessons of past mistakes.
Digital 24-10-2016

Edwy Plenel: Europe needs participative media against populism

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must  operate in a participative democracy if he wants to carve a proper plan to re-launch the European construction. That is true also for the media, Edwy Plenel said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Special Report

EIT boss: ‘There is a new focus on measuring results’

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Technology has come under heavy criticism from EU auditors, who flagged a “lack of tangible results” in a recent report. But most issues have now largely been addressed, assures Martin Kern, who promises a new focus on results.
Public Affairs 18-05-2015

Analysts: 2019 EU elections will be transformative for European democracy

The Spitzenkandidaten process was never going to be the magic wand, creating a new sense of engagement. But it will in 2019, if we are able to learn the lesson of 2014, said Julian Priestley and Nereo Peñalver Garcia, in an interview with EurActiv.


Public Affairs 21-04-2015

Ombudsman: EU must interrogate US over TTIP transparency

The United States’ resistance to greater transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, poses a problem to a European Commission that must answer demands for more openness from civil society if it is to seal the trade deal, the European Ombudsman has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 22-01-2015

Karl Habsburg-Lothringen: We now have a truly European radio station in Ukraine

Since 20 January, a truly European radio station is broadcasting in Ukraine, its main sponsor, Karl-Habsburg Lothringen, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview
Public Affairs 13-01-2015

Piotr M. Kaczy?ski: The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on Europe

With the exception of Martin Schulz, European leaders missed their opportunity to be heard by citizens following the Paris attacks, Piotr M. Kaczy?ski told EurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 20-11-2013

Parliament VP: If you want true lobby policing, you need more resources

A review of the EU’s Transparency Register, due to be completed in December, has highlighted divisions on key issues such as the compulsory registration of lobbyists. Rainer Wieland, a German MEP working on the review, says such questions could be postponed to a later date.
Digital 03-10-2013

EU fails to scrutinise lobbyists who operate in the dark

With the European Commission and Parliament leading a joint committee to scrutinise the EU’s lobbyist transparency register, NGOs are keeping a close eye on the developments. The Parliament's credibility is at risk if the register is not made mandatory, argues Paul de Clerck.
Digital 01-10-2013

Lobbyist representative: Best facts, not big bucks, win lobbying campaigns

The European Transparency Register, the EU's database for lobbyists, is currently under scrutiny as it set to be reformed by the end of 2013. Above all, the register needs more resources and to get rid of its loopholes, if Brussels wants a fair public affairs level playing field, Karl Isaksson says.
Public Affairs 26-01-2012

Šef?ovi?: Citizens’ Initiative will bring Europe closer together

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi? is confident that the European Citizens’ Initiative, one of the new democratic tools pushed forward by the Lisbon Treaty and to be launched on 1 April, will contribute to bringing Europe closer to its citizens and create a "genuine European public space".
Public Affairs 22-06-2011

MEP: Anti-corruption board needed for Greece, Bulgaria, Romania

The leaders of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, should swallow their pride and allow external experts to administer EU funding in their countries, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a German liberal MEP of Greek descent, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 22-06-2011

EU communication chief: Understanding national audiences is key

Cooperation between the European institutions could be improved if the European Commission and the Parliament were more mindful of the realities in EU member states, Reijo Kemppinen, director-general for press and communications at the European Council, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 09-06-2011

Scholar: East Europeans see lobbying as 'corruption in disguise'

The common perception in Central and East European countries that lobbying is no more than "corruption in sophisticated disguise" explains why calls to ban lobbying can be heard every now and then, argues Agnieszka Cianciara, an expert on lobbying and senior teaching assistant at the College of Europe. 
Public Affairs 27-04-2011

Journalist chief: Press freedom in Europe 'not just a Hungarian problem'

Even as a growing number of challenges - including new media, the economic crisis and the rise of populist politics - are threatening the independence and viability of traditional media in Europe, quality journalism remains as necessary as ever to democracy, argues Aidan White, the former head of the International Federation of Journalists.
Public Affairs 18-03-2011

PA boss: New EU landscape requires 'professional' business groups

Businesses require "much more professionalism" and "swifter answers" from their industry associations to deal with the complexity of today's EU institutional landscape, Alain Beaumont, founder of AGEP Association Management, told EurActiv in an interview.