Interviews

Economy & Jobs 24-09-2020

Chinese business wants less EU red tape

The Chinese business community in Europe would like to see less 'red tape' and regulatory barriers for its firms on the bloc, but is also open to the idea of offering further opportunities for EU business in China, says Zhou Lihong.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
Economy & Jobs 21-09-2020

MEP Omarjee: Cohesion, not ‘renationalisation’, should guide Europe’s policies

Social and territorial cohesion among the EU's region's, as well as their convergence, must remain at the centre of Europe's recovery plans lest efforts to support investment and growth should lead to more regional divides, MEP Younous Omarjee told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Targets for anti-microbials must allow for ‘massive’ variation within livestock sector

Ambitions to lower the use of antibiotics in farming must take into account the “massive” amount of variation between member states and also between species, according to a leading livestock sustainability consultant who also highlighted the pressing need to digitalise the animal health sector.
16-09-2020

OECD official: 20% of all health spending in Europe is pure waste

Europe’s current health systems have been facing long-standing malfunctions which have led to almost 20% of health spending in Europe being “pure waste”, a senior official of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV in an interview.
Cities & regions 09-09-2020

Valencia mayor: We are ready to become testing ground for innovation in Europe

Valencia is one of the dozen finalists in the race to become the 2020 European Capital of Innovation. In an interview with EURACTIV, its mayor, Joan Ribó, defended their mission-oriented proposal to overcome the biggest challenges of our period, bringing on board political parties, the civil society and the scientific community.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

EU ban on neonicotinoids must be ‘strictly respected’, says Green MEP

After announcing €30 billion in support of an ecological transition last Thursday, the French government presented a controversial bill authorising an exemption from the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, a class of pesticides suspected to be harmful to bees. German Green MEP Martin Häusling explains to EURACTIV FRANCE why he is challenging the decision.
Energy 04-09-2020

IRENA chief: Europe is ‘the frontrunner’ on tidal and wave energy

New forms of ocean energy are gaining interest globally, and because European companies are leaders on tidal and wave technologies, that is good news for the environment and for the European economy, argues Francesco la Camera.
Languages & Culture 03-09-2020

Major political groups harbour corruption – Greens’ Freund

The major European political groups tolerate corruption and malfeasance among the member parties, says Green MEP Daniel Freund, who also analyses the weaknesses of instruments to fight the misuse of EU funds.
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2020

MEP Olbrycht: Member states may thwart recovery fund over rule of law

The European Parliament will fight to have a say in the oversight of the EU's €750-billion stimulus package, alongside the Council, MEP Jan Olbrycht, co-rapporteur on the EU's next seven-year budget (MFF), told EURACTIV Italy in an interview.
Eastern Europe 01-09-2020

Belarus opposition leader: Lukashenko showed weakness by seeking support from Moscow

The only Belarusian opposition leader who has not gone into exile, Maria Kolesnikova, is positive about the future of the pro-democracy protests in the eastern European country. EURACTIV's media partner EFE reports.
28-08-2020

MEP: Montenegro elections may be the most significant since independence referendum

EU candidate Montenegro is holding a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday (30 Aug). Slovak MEP Vladimír Bilčík, who leads the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the country, said it is "essential" that they are conducted safely, peacefully and freely, recalling a coup d'etat attempt that marred the previous ballot in 2016.
Digital 28-07-2020

EU startup innovation can aid recovery, MEP says

Despite the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across a range of sectors in the European single market, the bloc's economic recovery can be aided by making the most of new markets that will emerge in the startup ecosystem, says Eva Kaili.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Sacked top investigator: There are no reforms in Ukraine

Oleh Koretskyi, an investigator who has recently been sacked from Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), gave an interview to EURACTIV after stating publicly last month that he was being pressured to continue investigations into former president Petro Poroshenko.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Austria minister ‘cannot imagine’ an agreement at EU summit

Austria's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler does not expect an agreement to be reached at the EU's budget summit on Friday and Saturday. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, she explains where Austria wants to renegotiate and pleads for a stricter link to the rule of law.
Azerbaijan 15-07-2020

Azeri official: EU should distinguish between aggressor and subject of aggression

In an exclusive interview, Hikmat Hajiev, head of the foreign affairs department of Azerbaijan’s presidential administration, explains the stakes of a recent armed clash at the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which he calls a deliberate provocation from Yerevan.
Agrifood 09-07-2020

Kyriakides: Investments will match EU’s ambition on sustainable food systems

The EU's determination to become a global leader in sustainability will be matched by investments in solutions to deliver on the commitments set out in the EU's new food policy, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Non-discrimination 09-07-2020

Corona-related racism could persist longer than the virus, expert warns

When the coronavirus started spreading earlier this year, a second pandemic developed simultaneously: that of corona-racism. Right-wing extremism researcher Judith Rahner spoke with EURACTIV Germany about racism during the pandemic.
Agrifood 07-07-2020

Green party insists no U-turn on gene-editing despite recent dissent

Following a paper in which a group of German Green MPs and one MEP unexpectedly backed the use of gene-editing technologies, EURACTIV spoke to MEP Martin Häusling, agriculture spokesman for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, who stressed that nothing has changed for the party, which has historically been vocally opposed to the technology.
Health 07-07-2020

EURORDIS: Rare diseases need more centralised processes within the EU

Future improvement of the EU Orphan Medicines Regulation (OMP) could involve more centralised processes for all rare diseases at the EU level, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases  (EURORDIS) told EURACTIV in a written interview.

Green MEP: Migration pact could enshrine injustice in law

About a year ago, German captain Carola Rackete was arrested for docking 53 people rescued from a shipwrecked vessel in the port of Lampedusa, against the instructions of the Italian authorities. MEP Erik Marquardt spoke with EURACTIV Germany about what has changed since then and the role of civil society and politics.
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2020

Regional leader: Without cohesion, Europe cannot stand

As the EU faces the deepest recession in its history, the bloc's long-contested Cohesion Policy – its regional development instrument – has now become central to the recovery plan. EURACTIV spoke about it with the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas.

Pascal Canfin: On gas and nuclear, EU must apply green finance taxonomy

Whether in the European recovery plan or the just transition fund, Pascal Canfin says he is in favour of applying the EU sustainable finance taxonomy, which allows drawing a line between gas projects that merit public funding and those that don’t.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2020

Mastercard senior executive: ‘We want to help to achieve European sovereignty’

The European Commission will unveil later this year a strategy to integrate the retail payment sector in Europe and reduce dependency on third-country credit card firms. Mastercard, one of those players, is supportive of the EU strategy, its senior executive, Jason Lane, told EURACTIV.
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