Interviews

Elections 22-02-2018

+Europa candidate: Italy risks departing from basic EU values

The stakes are high for Italy ahead of the vote on 4 March, as it runs the risk of becoming yet another EU country that departs from basic European values such as the rule of law, candidate Alberto Alemanno told EURACTIV.
Future EU 21-02-2018

Macron’s advisor: France, Germany have only a few months to act

Jean Pisani-Ferry has developed French President Emmanuel Macron's economic programme and is one of his closest economic policy advisers. Germany and France need a common position to reform the Eurozone, he says and calls for action in an interview with EURACTIV's media partner WirtschaftsWoche.
Elections 21-02-2018

Dan Barna: Save Romania Union similar to Macron’s En Marche

Dan Barna, President of Save Romania Union (USR), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that his force, which largely represents educated urban voters, could join the European political family of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! party.
EU Priorities 2020 19-02-2018

Tech lobby group drafting budget proposal to double EU funds in digital sector

Brussels-based lobby group DigitalEurope is drafting its own proposal outlining how much money should be earmarked for investment in the tech sector as part of the EU’s next budget.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Expert: Erdogan is turning international relations ‘decades back’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opened up his entire reviewing agenda, challenging sovereign rights everywhere and basically testing the West's limits, Tasos Chatzivasileiou told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.
Agrifood 13-02-2018

Minister: Malaysia will retaliate against EU goods in case of palm oil ban

The European Parliament's decision to ban palm oil, is "drastic and discriminatory" and Kuala Lumpur is ready to retaliate with its own trade measures against Europe's products if the ban takes effect, Malaysia’s Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong told EURACTIV.
Development Policy 12-02-2018

IOM chief: There is no migration crisis but a political emergency

EU leaders need to find the courage of unity to manage migration, which has the potential to help the EU economy grow more than expected. But the window of opportunity is closing fast, William Lacy Swing said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Energy 09-02-2018

Polish exec: Electro-Mobility Act creates whole ecosystem for EVs

Poland formally adopted its first Electro-Mobility Act on Monday (5 February), a document branded as a new “constitution” for the development of electric cars and buses in the coal-dependent country.
Elections 08-02-2018

German analyst: ‘The coalition agreement has more of Juncker than Macron’

In the draft of the German coalition agreement presented on Wednesday by the CDU/CSU and the SPD, the parties want to pursue a “departure for Europe” in the next four years. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Matthias Kullas about the European policy aspects of the draft text.
Circular economy 08-02-2018

Katainen: ‘We need to change the fundamentals of the plastics market’

The European Commission is looking at different types of fiscal incentives to increase demand for recycled plastics, which are currently more costly than virgin materials, Jyrki Katainen told EURACTIV in an interview.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the Article 29 Working Party
Data protection 08-02-2018

Falque-Pierrotin leaves top EU post before dawn of ‘new era’ for privacy

EU regulators have forced tech giants to comply with the bloc's strict data protection rules. But when Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin took over as top EU privacy watchdog in 2014, she said the mostly American companies were ignorant about Europe’s strict standards and thought "the world is uniform".
Future EU 08-02-2018

Matthieu Ricard: Europeans must rediscover trust

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard warned against taking the European Union for granted as it is an "immense factor of peace".
Elections 05-02-2018

Alain Lamassoure: Transnational lists – a crazy idea

The European conservatives are opposed to the project of transnational lists for the European elections, but risk losing during the vote on the matter on 6 February

Sustainable finance expert: Investment transparency is crucial

A high-level expert group released on Wednesday (31 January) a report to help guide the European Commission in its quest to make the EU's economy sustainable. One of the members of the group explained some of the detail in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Electric cars 01-02-2018

EU car lobby chief: Why we support a 20% CO2 target for 2030

There is “no way” carmakers can hit the EU’s proposed CO2 emission targets with fuel combustion engines, argues Erik Jonnaert, saying “at least half” of the reduction will have to come from electric and hybrid vehicles.
Alcohol 31-01-2018

Pernod Ricard CEO: Alcohol tax ‘penalises’ responsible consumers

The decision to raise excise taxes on alcohol “penalises” the majority of consumers who drink responsibly, while those who have issues with alcohol will be unaffected as they will keep on drinking excessively, Alexandre Ricard told EURACTIV.com in an interview.  
Energy 31-01-2018

Energy poverty chair: Extreme summer heat could provide wake-up call

Two out of three EU countries do not measure energy poverty but a new observatory launched on Monday (29 January) should provide member states with the information they need to address a problem that could affect more than 100 million people in Europe, says the chair of the EU's Energy Poverty Observatory.
Agrifood 31-01-2018

Forest owners boss: ‘Sustainable forest management crucial to maintaining carbon cycle ‘

Sustainable forest management is vital to ensure that Europe meets its climate and energy goals. But over-regulating forest bioenergy would damage the sector’s economic performance and undermine its potential for climate change mitigation, Emma Berglund told EURACTIV in an interview.
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’.
Health 29-01-2018

Health expert: Europe should not put its dominant pharma innovation at risk

The European Union should not create an environment more favourable to generics compared to the innovative pharmaceuticals, as it risks weakening Europe’s overall global strength in pharmaceuticals and in research, Professor Adrian Towse told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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.
Enlargement 26-01-2018

Albania PM: We expect green light to open EU talks this year

Albania has done most of its homework on judiciary, crime and corruption and expects a "straightforward recommendation" to open EU accession talks this year, its prime minister told EURACTIV.com on Friday (26 January).
Central Europe 26-01-2018

Analyst: Euroscepticism among Czechs will stay, even with new president

The roots of Euroscepticism among the Czechs go back 10 or 15 years and if Jiří Drahoš defeats the incumbent President Miloš Zeman in a runoff vote on 26-27 January, he will hardly be able to reverse the trend, political analyst Lubomír Kopeček told EURACTIV.
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.