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Economy & Jobs 30-04-2021

Social Europe – No Green Deal without a Social Deal

‘No one should be left behind’: that is the European Commission’s official message concerning its Green Deal and EU Recovery Programme. What does this mean in terms of representing the social interests of Europe’s workers? Norbert Kluge is the scientific...
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Portuguese farm minister envisages 2-day super trilogue to secure CAP deal

As the end of its presidency approaches, Portugal will call another decisive two-day 'super trilogue' to wrap up for good talks on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. The agriculture minister Maria do Céu Antunes takes a stock of the negotiations in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Europe's East 22-04-2021

US Ambassador to Belarus stranded in Vilnius: ‘Goal remains getting to Minsk’

After it was announced last year that Belarus would get a US ambassador after a 13-year hiatus, the new US ambassador to Minsk Julie Fisher was denied entry and is based currently in Vilnius, from where she spoke to EURACTIV's partner LRT.lt.

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...
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Economy & Jobs 20-04-2021

Commissioner Gabriel: New EU budget will support cultural and creative sector

Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, talks about the importance of innovation in the cultural sector, the role that the European Institute of Innovation and Technology can play in those efforts, and the general state of digital skills in today's Europe.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: Repressions are escalating, EU should be ‘braver’ in its sanction policy

Actions of the international community, including European sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, have to be ‘faster and braver‘ to support Belarusian civil society in its struggle, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV. “The protest mood hasn’t been...

MEP Canfin: The French hard line on nuclear is a dead end

The hard line defended by France over the inclusion of nuclear power in the green finance taxonomy is a dead end because there is no majority in favour of it at the EU level, warns lawmaker Pascal Canfin. Instead, the French MEP argues for including nuclear energy in the 'transition' category.
Climate change 12-04-2021

Space experts: Cheaper ‘real-time data’ needed for earth monitoring services

Satellites can help track things like extreme weather, forest stocks and methane emissions, but more and cheaper "near real-time data" is needed for next generation applications to emerge, say Miguel Bello and Ricardo Conde.
Non-discrimination 08-04-2021

Romani inclusion requires binding EU legislation, says MEP

On the occasion of International Romani Day on 8 April, MEP Romeo Franz (Greens/EFA) spoke with EURACTIV about the continued challenges that Romani communities across Europe face and the importance of legally binding legislation.
Enlargement 30-03-2021

North Macedonia minister: Tensions should ‘naturally decline’ after Bulgarian election

Tensions between North Macedonia and its southern neighbour Bulgaria, which is blocking Skopje's EU membership bid, should "naturally decline" after the 4 April election in Bulgaria and pave the way for an agreement, North Macedonia's Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV.
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.
Road safety 18-03-2021

EU official: Road digitalisation will lead to safer and greener highways

EU funding is supporting member states to integrate digital technology into European highways, making travelling by road smarter. Intelligent Transport Systems have the potential to increase road safety and efficiency, cutting emissions and potentially saving lives, says Pieropaolo Tona.
Agrifood 15-03-2021

Portugal optimistic CAP reform talks could see breakthrough soon

Portugal is optimistic an agreement can soon be reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the country's Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2021

Asking job seekers to reveal previous salaries is ‘discrimination’, EU’s Dalli says

The EU's Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, presented on Thursday (4 March) the first EU-wide compulsory rules to force companies to disclose salaries by type of work and employees’ sex. The goal is to tackle the pay gap between men and women in the EU, currently at 14%.
Energy 02-03-2021

Fertiliser industry execs: ‘We see ammonia as a battery for hydrogen’

Ammonia has until now been used chiefly in the fertiliser industry as a way to return nitrogen to the soil. But it also has potential in boosting renewables – both as a replacement for hydrogen in long haul shipping and as a way of storing and transporting hydrogen.
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5G 02-03-2021

5G: A critical technology for our Green future

It is high time policymakers recognised the value of next-generation telecommunications in delivering on the EU's long-term sustainable objectives, says Luis Neves, the Global CEO of GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. He is responsible for the establishment of the Initiative's strategic goals and for overseeing all GeSI's activities.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

Social dialogue must be stronger after the pandemic, trade union leader says

Nearly a year into the coronavirus crisis in Europe, the world of work has changed drastically with more transformation on the horizon. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade union leader Michael Vassiliadis discusses the EU policy agenda from economic recovery to the Democracy Action Plan and responsible supply chains.
Europe's East 12-02-2021

Ukrainian deputy PM: Russian vaccine is 20% treatment and 80% hybrid threat

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna outlined her country’s EU and NATO agenda, the tense relations with Russia, the issue of vaccines and geopolitics.
Energy 12-02-2021

Polish climate minister: ‘It is critical that EU legislation on hydrogen is colour-blind’

Poland has welcomed the inclusion of hydrogen infrastructure in the European Commission’s recast regulation for cross-border energy networks. “It is critical for our region that this legislation is colour-blind and does not discriminate between different ‘types’ of hydrogen,” says Michał Kurtyka.
Global Europe 12-02-2021

Russia’s EU ambassador: Discussing Navalny is pointless

In a telephone interview on Thursday (11 February) the Ambassador of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov evokes the recent visit of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell to Moscow, which he helped arrange.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2021

EESC President: Crisis is widening gap between school and real life for youth

Europe needs to "get the economy up and running" to help its youth find opportunities and bridge the gap between school and the workplace, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Christa Schweng told EURACTIV in an interview.
Digital innovations should be used as a tool for environmental protection and climate action, says Svenja Schulze.
Digital & Media 09-02-2021

Sustainability should be ‘underlying principle‘ of digital policy: German minister

Digital innovations should be used as a tool for environmental protection and climate action, but we must act now, Germany's minister for the environment, Svenja Schulze, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 05-02-2021

‘Stars are aligned’ for EU-African relations

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese government, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, is anxious to conclude the agenda by the summer.
Health 04-02-2021

Sport Positive Summit founder works to ‘unleash potential of sport for climate action’

To achieve UN climate targets, it is not enough for companies or associations to operate more sustainably. What is needed is a rethink among the general population. Claire Poole is convinced that sports can play an important role, which is why she organises the annual Sports Positive Summit. In this interview with EURACTIV Germany, she explains her vision.