Benjamin Fox

MEP: EU corporate reporting blueprint should be basis of international rules

The European Commission’s plans for a Sustainability Reporting directive announced on Wednesday (21 April) provides “solid ground for discussion” and should allow EU standards to determine international rules, says Pascal Durand, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the subject, as he...
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2021

EU chance for ‘Brussels moment’ on human rights reporting, says leading lawmaker

The European Commission is set to propose legislation making it compulsory for companies to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights and environmental abuse and corruption. And the direction of the debate among national and EU lawmakers, and among companies, is only going one way, says MEP Heidi Hautala.
EU-Africa 22-10-2020

There’s still time to change EU-Africa agenda, say activists

As policy-makers in Brussels and Addis Ababa plough ahead with plans for what is billed as an ambitious ‘strategic partnership’ between the EU and Africa, civil society groups complain that they have been repeatedly shut out from having any influence over EU-African relations.
EU-Africa 13-10-2020

Close EU-Africa relations more important than ever, says Socialist group leader

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong EU-African relations, Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV as her political group launched its Africa week (13-15 October).
Botswana 09-10-2020

Pandemic highlights importance of EU-AU partnership

If there was any doubt about the importance of a strong relationship between Africa and the European Union they have been dispelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, says Samuel Outlule, Botswana’s ambassador to the EU and Belgium.
Botswana 18-06-2020

Botswana’s virus food prep puts long-term plans on hold

“Botswana has not been spared by the wave of COVID-19,” says Jimmy Opelo, Permanent Secretary at Botswana’s agricultural ministry, who revealed how his country has had to change its tack on farm policymaking due to the pandemic.
EU-Africa 31-03-2020

Nigerian activists seek EU backing to end nation’s ‘silent slaughter’

Dr Richard Ikiebe has led recent efforts to get international community backing to stop nearly two decades of ethnic and religious killing in Nigeria. “Now, people are listening to us”, he says.
Global Europe 18-10-2019

Morocco energy boss: We need to build electricity bridges between Europe and Africa

The solar thermal complex at Noor Ouarzazate in the Atlas mountains is at the heart of Morocco's renewable energy drive, producing over 580MW of electricity. Mustapha Bakhouri explains the country's plans to develop its renewable energy programme and build energy connections with Europe.
Global Europe 10-07-2019

Minister: EU-Morocco pact is about having relationship we both deserve

A week after the EU and Morocco launched plans for an ambitious new trade and political deal at the Morocco-EU Association Council, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita explained in an exclusive interview how his country wants to build its relationship with the EU.
Brexit 04-04-2019

Leave vote softens but UK still split down the middle on Brexit, says polling guru

The Leave vote may have softened, but most Britons would vote the same way again if the UK held another referendum on Brexit, says UK polling guru John Curtice.
Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

Companies will support EU law on due diligence, but need assurances on liability

Companies will support EU law on human rights due diligence, but want assurances that it will not expose them to increased risk of lawsuits, argues Virginie Mahin.
EU-Africa 06-02-2019

Tanzanian opposition leader: EU is ‘finished’ with Magufuli

Nearly 18 months after falling under a shower of bullets outside his parliamentary residence in Dodoma, opposition leader Tundu Lissu, the most persistent thorn in the side of Tanzanian President John Magufuli plans to re-enter the political fray.
Brexit 18-01-2019

Brexit is ‘the ultimate test case of Europeanisation’

Brexit may have paralysed and, in equal measures, humiliated Britain’s government, parliament and political parties, but Anand Menon, director of an influential UK think tank, is fascinated by the impact of this "unique experiment" on the country’s politics.
Agrifood 03-12-2018

EU still leads the way on animal testing alternatives, industry representative says

The EU continues to lead the world in balancing ethics with science, although the gap with other regions is "significantly" narrowing, Charles Laroche, industry co-chair of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
EU-Africa 21-11-2018

‘I’m looking at tomorrow’s Congo’, says presidential hopeful

Francis Mvemba tells EURACTIV why he hopes to defeat Congo's political class in December's presidential elections.
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2018

Social voucher solutions ‘create jobs and combat black economy’

Social voucher solutions are smart ways to stimulate local economies and create jobs, as well as increase spending power and combat the black economy, Nathalie Renaudin tells EURACTIV.
Future EU 31-05-2018

‘Our time will come’ – Hungarian leader says youth will oust Orban in 2022

Can Viktor Orban be beaten? András Fekete-Győr, founder of the Momentum movement in Hungary,  explains why he thinks it is possible.
Azerbaijan 18-05-2018

EU-Azeri trade pact will be ready in 2019

An EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement will be ready for ratification next year, says Javanshir Feyziyev, co-chair of the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC).
Brexit 08-03-2018

Trade expert: Jersey holds the key to unlock Brexit dilemma

Could the Channel Islands hold the key to unlocking the Brexit puzzle? Trade expert Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform tells EURACTIV that Jersey's 'strange relationship' with the EU could be an acceptable 'half-way house'.
Freedom of thought 15-09-2017

Campaigner: Religious freedom envoy must be permanent part of EU’s foreign policy team

The EU appointed its first special envoy on religious freedom in May 2016. Jan Figel’s 12-month mandate has now been extended for another year and Sophia Kuby of the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) explains why his role should be strengthened.