Jorge Valero

Economy & Jobs 24-04-2018

Copernicus chief defends role of satellites in CAP’s ‘control’ system

The EU will launch a new satellite this week as part of the ‘Copernicus’ initiative. The earth observation programme has proved to be useful in dealing with natural disasters and its importance will grow to manage EU funds including the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020, director Philippe Brunet said.
Digital 30-01-2018

Moscovici: ‘The credibility of the EU tax haven black list is at stake’

The EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici is determined to table a digital tax proposal at EU level, despite warnings from the OECD. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, he also warns EU countries for failing to publish the commitments made by tax havens to exit the EU’s ‘black list’.
Digital 29-01-2018

OECD’s Gurría: ‘Don’t jump the gun’ on digital tax

The OECD will unveil in April its first conclusions on how to tax internet companies. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, its secretary general Ángel Gurría expressed concern about the fragmentation of the EU's response, expected in March.
Future EU 26-01-2018

Dastis: ‘Not all our bold ideas for eurozone reform will be fulfilled’

Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister Alfonso Dastis had to deal with a diplomatic crisis with Venezuela in the midst of an exclusive interview with EURACTIV in the margin of the World Economic Forum, where he said that concrete steps forward in the eurozone should be made by June.  
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

PwC boss: Businesses ‘sceptical’ about Merkel-Macron EU reform push

Europe will be high on the agenda of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (24 January), as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take the stage in Davos. But there is “a lot of scepticism” about what the two leaders can do to push forward EU integration, PwC’s chief Bob Moritz told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Future EU 18-12-2017

Sacked Catalan councillor: We want to pursue a negotiated independence

EXCLUSIVE / Antoni Comín is one of the four councillors of the sacked Catalan government that fled to Brussels with Carles Puigdemont following the unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October.
Economy & Jobs 14-11-2017

Champion of ‘helicopter money’ questions universal basic income

As chair of Britain's Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner saw the collapse of the financial system from the very top. In the aftermath of the crisis, he became one of the main advocates of helicopter money - but today he doubts if universal basic income is the best way to address growing inequality.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Johnson: ‘I was hired by Soros for ‘Black Wednesday”

It is now 25 years since George Soros and Robert Johnson speculated against the pound,  costing £3.3 billion in losses, and forcing the UK out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) that paved the way for the euro currency.
Development Policy 24-10-2017

Oxfam chief: ‘We also feel the lack of trust among citizens’

Winnie Byanyima believes it is high time to come up with fresh thinking in the world of politics and economy. But first, deeper self-criticism is needed across the board because all fields, including the NGO sector, are affected by a lack of trust from citizens.
Future EU 20-10-2017

Farage: Leaders support Madrid because Catalan separatists dislike EU

Nigel Farage is one of the very few voices who spoke in favour of the Catalan pro-independence movement. After the EU leaders’ strong backing for Mariano Rajoy at the European Council, Farage says the EU supported the idea of Scotish independence but is wary of Catalonia because "Catalonia's separatists don't like the EU".
Digital 13-10-2017

Zurich boss: ‘We need to look at protection, savings and retirement together’

Amid growing social inequalities and the digital transformation of the economy, Zurich’s Gary Shaughnessy believes public officials, employers and insurers should all cooperate to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups.
EU Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska
Electric cars 27-09-2017

Bieńkowska: ‘What we want from Volkswagen is a different approach’

The car sector is keeping EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska busy. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, the Polish official spoke frankly about carmaker responsibility following the Dieselgate scandal, how to deal with Uber and how Brussels-Warsaw relations might not improve.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Bütikofer: ‘The priority to support additive manufacturing is financing research’

Reinhard Bütikofer is one of the most authoritative voices in the European Parliament on 3D printing. In his view, Europe will have to struggle over the next decade to be a leader in industry, and will get there only if it turns research efforts into innovative results.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

German minister: ‘Platforms have to pay social security in the future’

Thorben Albrecht is responsible for addressing the impact of the digital revolution on the labour sector and preparing Germany workers for the future. The minister presented his Work 4.0 white paper at the Future of Work conference hosted by Estonia’s rotating presidency of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 28-07-2017

GEOX founder: ‘Invest more in education, that’s the real problem’

Mario Moretti Polegato is one of Italy's most successful businessmen. Despite the EU institutions' constant talk about smart growth, he believes Europe has a lot to do to catch up with the US.
Economic governance 17-07-2017

European fiscal board chief: ‘Stop talking about recovery, we are approaching normality’

Arguably, the EU’s economic governance framework is one of the most divisive issues among member states and top priority in Europe’s to-do list of outstanding reforms. Niels Thygesen does not shy away from this challenge. After questioning European Commission fiscal stance for this year recommendation, he proposed a return to a more ‘prudent’ orientation for 2018. In October, he will address one of the hottest topics: whether the application of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) unfairly favoured countries like France.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Dombrovskis: ‘There is appetite for a pan-European pensions product’

The European Commission will propose a new pan-European personal pension today (29 June). In an interview with journalists, Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis argues that the new scheme would help save more money in an ageing society.
Brexit 23-05-2017

Portuguese minister: Southern cities better placed to host medicines agency

Portugal is the latest member state to try and poach the UK-based European Medicines Agency after Brexit. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Portugal’s junior minister for European affairs insisted having two EU agencies based in Lisbon already would not hurt its chances.
Economic governance 23-05-2017

Moscovici: Italy, Portugal, Spain fiscal progress ‘good news’

Portugal, Italy and Spain became yesterday (22 May) illustrative examples of the new period Europe enjoys. The executive congratulated Lisbon and Madrid for turning their economies upside down, just one year after they became the first countries that breached the fiscal rules, while it gave its blessing to Rome’s adjustments, one of the eurozone’s troublemakers.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2017

Amazon AI chief: We don’t need a ‘kill switch’ for ‘smart’ machines

Ralf Herbrich is one of the three masterminds behind Amazon’s artificial intelligence, the secret formula responsible for the exponential growth of the company that has revolutionised the world of commerce.
Global Europe 28-04-2017

Clinton advisor: Hillary had a plan to ‘help support the European project’

EXCLUSIVE / Julianne Smith was the head of Hillary Clinton’s Europe team during last year's presidential campaign. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, she said Hillary had a dedicated team and a detailed strategy for Europe ready to start from day one in the White House.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2017

Planet discoverer calls for ‘strong promotion’ of EU research

The researcher behind Trappist-1, a system of planets that could contain life, and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas talked to EURACTIV.com about the importance of EU support. They also played down a PR war with NASA that erupted when the discovery was first made public.
Digital 07-02-2017

Rockefeller Foundation chief: Resilient cities harness the power of data

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed.

Deloitte innovation chief: ‘Schools train us to become machines’

John Hagel III is an enthusiastic supporter of the opportunities that innovation and technology can bring. However, the digital transformation of the economy and society is going to be “challenging and stressful for most people", Hagel told EURACTIV.com