Claire Stam

Energy 07-03-2019

Think tank calls for new EU administrative bodies to accelerate energy transition

The EU should establish two new administrative bodies to speed up energy transition, one in the Parliament and one in the Commission, influential Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende said on Thursday (7 March) while presenting its ten priority measures for the EU institutions.
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

European Greens set conditions on EPP candidate Manfred Weber

The European Greens launched their electoral campaign on Wednesday (6 March) and set conditions for the European People’s Party (EPP) top candidate Manfred Weber, saying they would not be willing to talk to him "if he prefers leaning to the right". 
Elections 27-02-2019

Europe needs new approach to tackle right-wing climate denial, study finds

Half of all votes against climate and energy decisions in the European Parliament come from right-wing parties and that number is set to grow as they are expected to score high at the next European elections, according to a study presented in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February).
Agrifood 26-02-2019

EU Commission to crack down on recalcitrant member states over neonicotinoids

The European Commission will trigger a never-before-used option against two member states over the abuse of so-called "emergency authorisations" for neonicotinoids, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a letter sent to NGOs dated 19 February and seen by EURACTIV.
Politics 22-02-2019

EPP protects Orbán for now, fearing he might join far-right

The EPP does not want to raise tensions with its ‘bad boy’ Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán because this might push him towards joining Italian populist Matteo Salvini or even far-right Marine Le Pen, a Christian-Democrat (CDU) told EURACTIV.de.
Competition 19-02-2019

France, Germany call for a change of European regulatory rules

Less than two weeks after the European Commission blocked the merger of Siemens and Alstom, France and Germany published a joint industrial manifesto on Tuesday (19 February)  calling for the EU merger rules to be changed.
15-02-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Mother of all European elections

At a press conference about '100 days before the next European elections', European Parliament spokesperson Jaime Duch Guillot made plenty of use of superlatives. Because this year’s European elections are dead serious.
Agrifood 07-02-2019

Collective of 400 EU stakeholders call for a ‘common food policy’

400 agriculture-related EU stakeholders, convened by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), has mapped out a new governance architecture for food systems in a bid to create sustainable food systems under a ‘Common Food Policy’.
Circular economy 04-02-2019

Japanese village hits 81% recycling rate, aims for 100% by 2020

A Japanese village aims to be the first zero waste municipality in the world by 2020 and has already reached an 81% recycling rate. A member of the Japanese Zero Waste Academy told EURACTIV that the feat is replicable elsewhere.
Energy 25-01-2019

Russia uses gas as a lever for annexation, says Ukraine official

Russia has no interest in finding a compromise in the EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks and is using energy as a lever to weaken Kyiv in a bid to further the country's annexation, a top official of Ukraine's biggest utility, Naftogaz, told EURACTIV.com.
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22-01-2019

Energy sector relieved after Germany appoints new state secretary

Germany's economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has appointed municipal utility manager Andreas Feicht as the new state secretary for energy, putting an end to an embarrassing, nearly year-long void. Four key stakeholders have welcomed the appointment in comments made to EURACTIV.
Energy 21-01-2019

Carbon pricing dropped from new Franco-German treaty

France and Germany will cement their historic post-war reconciliation with the signing of a new Elysée treaty on Tuesday (22 January). But the draft text, seen by EURACTIV, no longer mentions carbon pricing among new bilateral initiatives.
Agrifood 17-01-2019

Scientists call for radical change of diet to transform global food system

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report.
Energy 15-01-2019

‘Merkel deceived us on climate’, says Germany’s Energiewende godfather

Berlin lacks the political will to bring the energy transition forward, said Hans Josef Fell, the initiator of Germany's world-renowned 2000 renewable energy feed-in tariff legislation, in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Finance for climate action is rising, but still a long way to go

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15), an additional 1.5% in global investment is needed to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet, if already...
EU Elections 2019 26-11-2018

Greens to push industrial and social agenda for EU elections

Social justice and a fair transition towards a low-carbon economy will stand in equal focus during the Greens' upcoming EU electoral campaign, the group's newly elected lead candidates Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 26-11-2018

European Greens refuse to march behind Macron’s party

Although the European Greens and La République en Marche! (LREM) share common views on the European project, these should be promoted in a partnership of equals, Greens co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 23-11-2018

After successes in Germany and Belgium, Greens set eyes on Italy

After Green parties unexpectedly surged in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium last month, the movement is now preparing a bid to fill the political vacuum surrounding environmental issues in Italy. But their electoral ambitions are modest, European Greens co-chair Monica Frassoni told EURACTIV in an interview.
Circular economy 22-11-2018

Europe’s mining sector faces skilled workers shortage

Trade unions expressed concerns on Tuesday (20 November) about a shortage of skilled workers in the extraction industry, saying this is becoming a problem for Europe at a time of rising global demand for raw materials.
EU Elections 2019 20-11-2018

European Greens Spitzenkandidaten: Petra De Sutter

European Greens will pick their two Spitzenkandidats in Berlin on 23-25 November, hoping to build on the Green parties’ unexpected surge in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.  EURACTIV has spoken to the three candidates. Here is the portrait of one of them, Petra De Sutter.
EU Elections 2019 20-11-2018

European Greens Spitzenkandidaten: Ska Keller

The European Greens will pick their two Spitzenkandidaten in Berlin on 23-25 November, hoping to build on the Green's unexpected surge in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.  Here is a portrait of one of the three contenders, Ska Keller, a fiery German who grew up organising rallies against neo-Nazis. 
EU Elections 2019 20-11-2018

European Greens Spitzenkandidaten: Bas Eickhout

Delegates from the European Greens will pick their two Spitzenkandidaten in Berlin on 23-25 November, following the Green parties’ unexpected surge in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.  EURACTIV.com has spoken to all three contenders and here is the portrait of one of them, Bas Eickhout.
Politics 16-11-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Few ideas, many grievances  

Angela Merkel's speech on the future of Europe this week produced a few ideas. But even though observers had hoped to hear a new game plan for Europe's mounting challenges, expectations fell short. At least altercations between Parliament and Commission officials were not in short supply.
Future EU 13-11-2018

In Strasbourg, Merkel brings European army one step further

In an eagerly awaited speech on the future of Europe before what she called 'the biggest democratic parliament of the world', German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (13 November) for a "real, true European army" and a common asylum framework.

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