Interviews

Agrifood 25-03-2020

Increase the price of goods to control demand, expert recommends

With restrictions to contain the coronavirus getting stricter in many member states and the fear of contagion growing, online shopping can be the solution to do the groceries, a consumer researcher told EURACTIV in an interview.

Environmental law expert: Detecting environmental crime is quite a problem

Water pollution, illegally dumped waste – crimes against the environment are difficult to trace back and prosecute properly. A recent report shows the magnitude and costs of this problem. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 24-03-2020

Ewald Lienen: Football is ‘by definition political’

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, he explains how he combines football with climate protection.
Coronavirus 23-03-2020

Pharma boss: EU will have to focus on long-term medical research ecosystem

After the coronavirus crisis is over, Europe will need policies that can create a research ecosystem in the long run as well as ensure access to medicines to the patients who need them in a way that is sustainable for health systems today and tomorrow, a leading representative of European pharmaceuticals told EURACTIV in an interview.
Coronavirus 20-03-2020

WHO expert: Finding and distributing COVID-19 vaccine in 18 months would be ‘historic’

It would be “historic” to find a vaccine that can be distributed to all countries in 18 months to defeat the coronavirus, a high-ranking researcher at the World Health Organisation told EURACTIV’s partner EFE in an interview. “We are all...
Politics 20-03-2020

Austria’s EU Minister: ‘I am not a diplomat’

A week before the European Council, the coronavirus is dominating the agenda. The EU is struggling to find solutions - but the world is not standing still and other challenges remain acute. Austria's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) tells EURACTIV Germany how the virus will affect the summit and explains Austria's position in the crisis.
Future EU 17-03-2020

Linn Selle: Coronavirus may have a long impact on German presidency

There are only a few months left until Germany will take over the EU Presidency. But the ongoing corona crisis could really upset the plans, says the president of the European Movement Germany. What can the EU actually do in these turbulent times?
Digital 16-03-2020

Photonics, the ‘Green Deal’ technology

Photonics have been defined as a vital technology in Europe's future digital transformation as well as helping the bloc achieve broader sustainability goals and strategic autonomy. However, there remains a deficit in public awareness on the technology. EURACTIV caught up with DG Connect's Lucilla Sioli to find out what photonics can do for Europe's digital sector and beyond.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2020

Expert : Germany could use EU presidency to shape EU-China relations

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, director of the Asia programme of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Dr Janka Oertel, described how Germany could play a pivotal role in changing the EU's relations with China and might even force the exclusion of Huawei from the planned 5G expansion across the EU.

Mikser: Nuclear arms control must be taken more seriously

With evolving technology and changing military doctrines, arms control and nuclear weapons control should be brought back to top attention, but it is “increasingly difficult to come to any agreement among the critical players” in the world, MEP Sven Mikser...
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2020

Jourova: Excluding women from top companies’ boards is economically stupid

While the European Commission has just presented its Gender Equality Strategy, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová insisted in an interview with EURACTIV France that the fight against stereotypes and violence against women must continue.
Climate change 04-03-2020

Pascal Canfin MEP: EU Climate Law must stick to 2030 timeline

The European Commission must publish its impact assessment on the EU's 2030 climate target in June – not in September like is currently mentioned in the draft Climate Law, MEP Pascal Canfin told EURACTIV in an interview.

Electricity boss: ‘EU climate law should be kept short and simple’

As the European Commission prepares its proposal for a landmark EU Climate Law, Eurelectric boss Kristian Ruby urges policymakers to keep it simple and focus on the long-term.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Nestlé chief: EU’s Green Deal should ensure prosperity too

The announced EU food policy should also strive to create future prosperity for businesses in good harmony with the environment, not only to take policies against some parts of the food value chain, Nestlé Europe chief Marco Settembri told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economic governance 26-02-2020

Dombrovskis: EU’s fiscal rules are flexible for impact of coronavirus

The European Commission will be "flexible" with Italy and other member states affected by the coronavirus when assessing their efforts to balance their public accounts, European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said in an interview.
Agrifood 21-02-2020

EFSA will keep British experts despite Brexit [Part II]

The European Food Safety Authority will keep UK experts in its ranks despite Brexit, because science does not recognise borders "and we want to have the best people", the EU food watchdog chief told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Basescu: European Green Deal risks pushing ‘two or three countries’ towards EU exit

The European Green Deal “will definitely create tensions” inside the EU, and risks pushing “two or three countries” to leave the Union altogether, warns former Romanian President Traian Basescu, saying the real priority in Romania is to build new infrastructure like motorways and exploit natural gas resources from the Black Sea.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief: Assessing fast-changing agrifood innovation is key challenge [Part I]

Being equipped with the right methods to assess industry’s rapidly changing innovation will be a key challenge for the European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA), Bernhard Url, the EU food watchdog's chief, told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview.
Europe's East 19-02-2020

Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

Despite recent rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is still "miles away" and there is still a risk that the separatist regions could turn into another "frozen conflict", OSCE Secretary-General, Thomas Greminger, said in an interview with EURACTIV.

‘There is overlap’ between EU’s green trillions, says EIB energy chief

The European Investment Bank decided to scrub its loan books of fossil fuels in 2019 but the lender's head of energy policy, Andrew McDowell, insists that there is more to the change of direction than ditching coal and gas.
Health 07-02-2020

ECDC chief: Low risk for coronavirus but EU pandemic prep should be reviewed

The EU agency for infectious diseases control still considers the risk for the novel coronavirus low for Europe. However, its director is calling for a rethink of pandemic preparedness plans to help ensure Europe is equipped to deal with a virus spread scenario such as the current one in China.
Energy 07-02-2020

Danish MEP: ‘Sector coupling is absolutely key for Europe’s climate and energy ambitions’

When it comes to energy regulations, the EU tends to legislate in silos, writing directives on renewables, energy efficiency or electricity and gas markets. But with the upcoming sector coupling strategy, it needs to do exactly the opposite, says Morten Petersen.
Data protection 07-02-2020

Xiaomi president: ‘We invest substantial amounts to be fully compliant with GDPR’

Amid security concerns surrounding Chinese tech giant Huawei, its smaller telecoms rival Xiaomi has been attempting to distinguish itself by focusing on consumer products and non-critical infrastructure.

Health minister: This time Belgium could mine healthcare data instead of coal

Belgium has an enormous wealth of digital data, which could help it become a new “mining” country. “We could mine data instead of coal”, Belgian Health Minister told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

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