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Circular economy 26-01-2022

Recycling pro: Design standardisation is ‘way forward’ for flexible packaging

Greater standardisation in design "has to be the way forward" in order to make it worthwhile economically to recycle lightweight packaging such as crisp packets. In practice, this also means reducing the variety of packaging available to the food and drink industry, says Joachim Quoden.
Future EU 21-01-2022

Šuica: Commission will support changes to treaties if citizens ask

Citizens’ recommendations are “at the heart of the process” of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), Dubravka Šuica said in an interview with EURACTIV. If the recommendations include changes to treaties, the Commission will support them, in line...

Campaigner: Digitalisation opens ‘new era of transparency’ for climate policy

Digital technologies like earth monitoring satellites allow for real-time automatic collection of data on things like greenhouse gas emissions, opening up a new world of possibilities for policymakers, says Jill Duggan.
Eastern Europe 14-01-2022

Expert: NATO membership is not an option and arming Ukraine is a tricky issue

NATO membership in the near future is not possible for Georgia and Ukraine, and the alternative - arming Ukraine - is a tricky issue, ECFR expert Kadri Liik told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 23-12-2021

‘We need to know what happened in Europe in order to understand the Europe of today’

Despite the importance of history teaching to understand our past and present, Matjaž Gruden, director of democratic participation at the Observatory for History Teaching in Europe, worries that it is falling down the list of priorities in education across Europe.
Central Asia 22-12-2021

Kazakhstan ambassador: 2021 has been a ‘special year’ in Kazakh-EU relations

In an exclusive interview, Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the EU, discussed tensions between major geopolitical players, Central Asian cooperation, and his country's traditions in promoting international understanding.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Juncker: EU should speak to Russia

In an exclusive interview he gave to ‘Groupe d’études géopolitiques’, former Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker advocated for the EU to directly engage with Russia, instead of simply relying on Russia-US relations to solve the continent’s security threats.
Europe's East 20-12-2021

Ambassador: Ukraine succeeded to put security at the centre of Eastern Partnership

In an interview with EURACTIV, Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU, discussed last week’s Eastern Partnership summit and EU summit, tensions with Russia, Nord Stream-2, NATO aspirations, and his country's security strategies.
Europe's East 15-12-2021

Too many loopholes left in Belarus sanctions regime, says Tsikhanouskaya

Western sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's regime need to be better coordinated to fill the currently existing loopholes, Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV ahead of a crucial Eastern Partnership summit this week.  

Economist: Carbon trading is ‘a right first step’ to decarbonise buildings

Moving parts of the building sector under a separate carbon trading scheme, like the European Commission has proposed, “is a right first step” to address the complexity of the heating sector, which is spread across millions of buildings, diverging climates...
Eastern Europe 13-12-2021

Georgia wants ‘new elements’ in Eastern Partnership, its ambassador says

In an exclusive interview Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Georgia’s Ambassador to the EU, discussed his country’s political situation and EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit on 15 December, and the more ambitious format of Associated Trio.
Future EU 10-12-2021

Future of Europe conference ‘not a listening exercise without consequences’, says leading MEP

“Governments are obliged to react, they cannot bypass citizens’ proposals”, Italian socialist MEP Brando Benifei told EURACTIV in an interview on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Leave Serbia, Montenegro to do their homework, says Belgrade’s human rights minister

The European Union should move on outstanding promises of enlarging the bloc while leaving the two frontrunners in the waiting room, Serbia and Montenegro, to ‘do their homework’, Serbia’s Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Čomić told EURACTIV....

John Kerry: Carbon border tariffs are ‘a legitimate idea to have on the table’

The EU’s proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism is a “legitimate” instrument to consider, and the United States are “exploring it” as well. “It may be a tool that we have no choice but to employ if other countries are not going to be serious enough about reducing carbon,” John Kerry told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 09-12-2021

Niels Fuglsang MEP: Revised EU energy efficiency rules must trigger immediate action

The revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) must ensure that EU member states take action in the short term and do not delay their efforts until the end of the decade, says the EU lawmaker responsible for drafting the European Parliament’s position on the draft legislation.
Energy 08-12-2021

Greek official: ‘Investing in natural gas is both rational and unavoidable’

Greece is transitioning away from coal, but investments in natural gas are "rational and unavoidable" because they are needed to support renewable energy, Alexandra Sdoukou told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Socialist think tank chief: pandemic global failure but EU good example

The EU “should lead by example” for the recovery from COVID-19 but needs to face its own shortcomings to curb existing and new social inequalities, FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues told EURACTIV in an interview.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

How the EU law on online services wants to restore trust in the digital sphere

The general approach to the Digital Services Act (DSA) has been one of the major achievements of the Slovenian Presidency and on 25 November, EU ministers unanimously adopted the mandate to initiate the interinstitutional negotiations on it. The agreement was reached just 11 months after the presentation of the proposal under the leadership of the Slovenian Presidency.

WHO: Real data, not ‘guess’ needed for equal access to diabetes care

Ensuring that all people diagnosed with diabetes have access to equitable, comprehensive, affordable and quality management cannot be done without the use of data, according to a World Health Organisation expert.
Future EU 29-11-2021

Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens' proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons.

NATO chief: There will be consequences if Russia attacks Ukraine again

There are reasons to be concerned about Russia’s amassing of troops near Ukraine, but there should be no doubt about NATO’s resolve to “defend all allies in the region”, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview....
Enlargement 26-11-2021

Burned by Bulgaria veto, North Macedonia to ‘act more carefully’ on EU integration narrative, justice minister says

Partially attributing his party’s crushing defeat in the recent municipal elections to the stalling EU accession negotiations, North Macedonia’s justice minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV the government in Skopje would be more careful in the future. The stand-off between Bulgaria...
Energy 23-11-2021

Consumer group: ‘Middle class people are also very much affected by rising energy prices’

The energy crunch has highlighted the high share of taxes paid by consumers for their gas and electricity. With the energy transition expected to cause further volatility on fossil fuel markets, a shift in energy taxation is now becoming an urgent priority, according to rights group Euroconsumers.
Central Asia 17-11-2021

Trade Minister of Kazakhstan: As WTO chair, we will push for consensus on reform

In an exclusive interview, the Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Sultanov discussed the upcoming WTO ministerial under the chairmanship of his country, EU-Kazakhstan economic relation, and carbon border tax.