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.
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.
18-06-2020

Montchalin: €500 billion in budgetary allocations to ‘be maintained at all costs’

Ahead of tomorrow's EU summit (19 June), France's European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin told EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France in an interview that the EU27, including the "frugal four", are moving towards accepting an EU recovery programme, but that it would not work without reforms and long-term investment.
10-06-2020

Ex-Eurogroup boss: Nobody is so stupid to propose to ‘just go back under 3% deficit’

As one of the most influential Eurogroup figures during the previous crisis, Thomas Wieser chaired the preparatory meetings of eurozone finance ministers between 2011 and 2018. In an interview with EURACTIV, the American-Austrian economist described the EU’s fiscal rules as “bad practical economics”, in particular for handling a crisis such as the current one.
Electricity 04-06-2020

RWE-E.ON deal will run smaller firms out of the market, green power boss claims

The European Commission’s decision to approve an agreement between Germany’s big power firms risks distorting energy market competition, according to the head of another company, who explained to EURACTIV Germany why he has started legal action.
EU-China 29-05-2020

Breton: With better information from China and WHO, we would have been better prepared

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV.com in an interview that Europe could have been better prepared to face the COVID-19 if China and the World Health Organisation had offered “better and more reliable information earlier”.
25-04-2020

Chomsky on COVID-19: The latest massive failure of neoliberalism

For Noam Chomsky, the overriding lesson of the coronavirus pandemic is that the crisis represents "another colossal failure of the neoliberal version of capitalism" and the situation is made worse in the United States by "the sociopathic buffoons who are running the government" in Washington.
Future EU 20-04-2020

Von der Leyen: ‘We now need to build a resilient, green, and digital Europe’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen believes the “real Europe is standing up” to the coronavirus crisis now. In a written interview with EURACTIV's media partner Efe, she spoke about a broad range of issues, from the challenges facing the Eurogroup earlier this month to the expectations for the summit of European leaders this week.
Global Europe 18-04-2020

Gurría calls for further European integration, debt mutualisation in eurozone

The economic and health priorities in the coronavirus crisis are the same - to stop the contagion, according to the OECD General Secretary, Angel Gurría, who insists on the need for more globalisation and further multilateralism and also advocates for greater European integration.
17-04-2020

Bulgarian Deputy PM: Eastern Europe could replace China in sectors critical to the EU

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe do not have the huge human resources of China, but they do have plenty of advantages that must be used after the end of the pandemic, said Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Transport 16-04-2020

EU transport chief cautions against green strings for airline bailouts

European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean told EURACTIV in an interview that the coronavirus outbreak means it is the wrong time to condition state aid for airlines on green measures, but warned the industry to stick to its passenger rights obligations.
16-04-2020

Austrian author and civil society activist outlines the way to a ‘common good economy’

Award-winning author Christian Felber believes the coronavirus outbreak is the perfect moment to question the entire system, after advocating for years to switch from capitalism to a public-interest economy. He explained his ideas in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
10-04-2020

Dombrovskis: ‘I could imagine containment costs covered by ESM loans’

Following the Eurogroup’s agreement on the economic response to the coronavirus, European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis on Friday (10 April) welcomed the €540 billion package in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com
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Energy 03-04-2020

PGE President: In the new strategy, we will definitely accelerate the green direction

Wojciech Dąbrowski, the newly appointed President of the Management Board of PGE, Poland's largest energy sector company, sat in an interview with the Polish Press Agency.
03-04-2020

German trade unionist: Stronger worker participation helps in times of crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rapid transformation of the workplace at a time when digitalisation and the Green Deal were beginning to restructure entire industries. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade unionist Karin Erhard describes how workers should go forward in these uncertain times and how a strong system of codetermination can help chart the way.
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.
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.
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.

‘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.
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.
27-01-2020

Centeno: ‘I do see good reasons to support green investment under the fiscal rules’

Speaking to EURACTIV in Davos, Eurogroup President Mario Centeno remained hopeful about the eurozone's stalled reform process, saying there are “good reasons” to support ‘green’ investment as part of a broader review of EU fiscal rules due later this year.
23-01-2020

OECD chief: ‘Sánchez government is a response to Spain’s political reality’

OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría is one of the most-wanted men in the corridors of the World Economic Forum, held this week in Davos (Switzerland). On Wednesday (22 January) he introduced Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the forum as “one of the great champions of multilateralism”.
21-01-2020

PwC boss ‘disappointed’ that climate is not considered a top risk for CEOs

The top five challenges for the World Economic Forum this year in Davos were related to climate and sustainability. However, climate is not considered among the top ten risks for CEOs, according to a survey published by accounting firm PwC ahead of the forum on Monday (20 January).

EU Central Bank should step up its climate act, French MEP says

In an interview with EURACTIV France, socialist MEP Pierre Larrouturou deplored the meagre €7.5 billion proposed in the European Commission's Just Transition Fund. To finance EU climate action, he suggests some of the ECB's "easy money" could fuel the European Investment Bank (EIB) instead of going into private banks.
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