Frédéric Simon

Digital 05-09-2014

Cyber threat now ‘real and growing’, EU official warns

National leaders have turned down European Commission calls for a coordinated EU cyber-security strategy, leading to a “regulatory gap” and a “clear and present danger” of cyber attacks, a high EU official told EURACTIV in an interview.

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When science meets politics: the EU’s impact assessment review

The European Commission is reviewing its impact assessment guidelines amid accusations that science is becoming increasingly politicised and scientists manipulated by policymakers and powerful interest groups.

Anne Glover at the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 18-22 June 2012 [Photo: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition / Flickr]

Glover: EU chief scientist should stay in the shadows

Anne Glover, the EU’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has said that her opinions to the European Commission should remain independent from politics and therefore “not transparent” and immune from public scrutiny. The incoming Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering to maintain her position after Barroso leaves, EURACTIV understands.

France urges ‘quick action’ on endocrine disruptors

Paris has placed the EU’s endocrine disruptor strategy on the agenda of a meeting of environment ministers on Thursday (12 June), saying the effects of some chemicals on the human body are now sufficiently documented and call for urgent action at the European level.

Anne Glover speaking at the Friends of Europe - EU 2050: Europe's Tech Revolution (Photo: Flickr: OB-Pic 043)

EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says

A big challenge for the next European Commission will be to disconnect its evidence gathering processes from the “political imperative” that’s driving policy proposals, according to Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

Euro & Finance 08-05-2014

EU accused of ‘fiddling’ with Greek deficit figures ahead of election

The Ifo Institute, one of Germany’s most influential economic think tanks, has accused the EU institutions of “fiddling the figures” on Greece’s public deficit figures in order to “embellish” the country’s situation ahead of the May European elections.

Elisabet Guigou speaks at the Socialist Party's Convention on Europe, on 16 June 2013 [Photo: Parti Socialiste, Flickr]]
EU Priorities 2020 07-05-2014

France EU hopeful urges new Commission to be ‘more political’

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Elisabeth Guigou confirms her interest in succeeding Michel Barnier as France’s commissioner in Brussels, calling for a root-and-branch reorganisation of the European Commission, arguing that the EU’s flagship institution should be less “hassling” and “more political”.

EU predicts ‘waste tsunami’ if world fails to cut down trash

The European Commission is preparing new policy proposals to reduce waste and reach greater recycling rates, in order to move towards a zero-refuse economy.

Trade & Society 25-02-2014

EU eyes softer climate policies to fuel ‘industrial renaissance’

As Europe starts to emerge from its worst recession since the Second World War, policymakers are reconsidering the EU’s global leadership on climate change for fear that it might hinder the fledgling recovery.

Development Policy 14-02-2014

FIFA urged to ‘rerun the vote’ on Qatar’s 2022 Football World Cup

“The clock is ticking” for Qatar’s 2022 football world cup, warned a FIFA representative who was attending a European Parliament hearing on Thursday (13 February) that looked into reports of forced labour and deaths on stadium construction sites. Trade unions are now calling on the world football governing body to "rerun the vote".

Brexit 05-02-2014

UK Conservatives balk at plans for eurozone parliament

British Conservative MEPs have cried foul over a proposal to create a permanent European Parliament sub-committee to deal with the single currency, saying it would have “major implications for the UK to regulate its financial services sector” and represented an attempt to “curtail” the influence of British MEPs.

‘Deeply sad’ EU leaders pledge ‘determined action’ to avert more Lampedusas

A newly-established task force on the Mediterranean will report at the next summit of EU leaders in December before a more comprehensive review of EU immigration and asylum policies is launched in June next year.