Public Affairs Archives

  • Parliament VP: If you want true lobby policing, you need more resources

    20-11-2013

    A review of the EU’s Transparency Register, due to be completed in December, has highlighted divisions on key issues such as the compulsory registration of lobbyists. Rainer Wieland, a German MEP working on the review, says such questions could be postponed to a later date.

  • EU fails to scrutinise lobbyists who operate in the dark

    Digital 03-10-2013

    With the European Commission and Parliament leading a joint committee to scrutinise the EU’s lobbyist transparency register, NGOs are keeping a close eye on the developments. The Parliament's credibility is at risk if the register is not made mandatory, argues Paul de Clerck.

  • Lobbyist representative: Best facts, not big bucks, win lobbying campaigns

    Digital 01-10-2013

    The European Transparency Register, the EU's database for lobbyists, is currently under scrutiny as it set to be reformed by the end of 2013. Above all, the register needs more resources and to get rid of its loopholes, if Brussels wants a fair public affairs level playing field, Karl Isaksson says.

  • Šef?ovi?: Citizens’ Initiative will bring Europe closer together

    26-01-2012

    European Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi? is confident that the European Citizens’ Initiative, one of the new democratic tools pushed forward by the Lisbon Treaty and to be launched on 1 April, will contribute to bringing Europe closer to its citizens and create a "genuine European public space".

  • MEP: Anti-corruption board needed for Greece, Bulgaria, Romania

    22-06-2011

    The leaders of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, should swallow their pride and allow external experts to administer EU funding in their countries, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a German liberal MEP of Greek descent, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • EU communication chief: Understanding national audiences is key

    22-06-2011

    Cooperation between the European institutions could be improved if the European Commission and the Parliament were more mindful of the realities in EU member states, Reijo Kemppinen, director-general for press and communications at the European Council, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Scholar: East Europeans see lobbying as ‘corruption in disguise’

    09-06-2011

    The common perception in Central and East European countries that lobbying is no more than "corruption in sophisticated disguise" explains why calls to ban lobbying can be heard every now and then, argues Agnieszka Cianciara, an expert on lobbying and senior teaching assistant at the College of Europe. 

  • Journalist chief: Press freedom in Europe ‘not just a Hungarian problem’

    27-04-2011

    Even as a growing number of challenges - including new media, the economic crisis and the rise of populist politics - are threatening the independence and viability of traditional media in Europe, quality journalism remains as necessary as ever to democracy, argues Aidan White, the former head of the International Federation of Journalists.

  • PA boss: New EU landscape requires ‘professional’ business groups

    18-03-2011

    Businesses require "much more professionalism" and "swifter answers" from their industry associations to deal with the complexity of today's EU institutional landscape, Alain Beaumont, founder of AGEP Association Management, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Florenz MEP: Raw materials ‘much bigger problem’ than climate change

    Special Report 01-03-2011

    A special group was set in the European Parliament up last month to collect first hand information on the issues affecting raw material prices and availability. The group's chair, German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz (European People's Party), told EURACTIV about his objectives.

  • Wallis MEP: EU budget ‘must respect difficult times’

    04-11-2010

    Europe must respect "difficult times" by adopting a budget that reflects austerity measures being introduced by national governments, European Parliament Vice-President Diana Wallis told EURACTIV Slovakia in a wide-ranging interview. 

  • MEP: European Parliament needs to be hub for national MPs

    04-10-2010

    Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which grants national parliaments a bigger role in EU policymaking, MEPs are set to strengthen the cooperation between national and European members of Parliament by intensifying work among policy committees, said European Parliament vice-president Silvana Koch-Mehrin in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Šef?ovi?: ‘Debate on net recipients and contributors is unhealthy’

    21-09-2010

    The European Commission is considering boosting the role played by the EU's own resources in the next budgetary cycle, the institution's vice-president, Maroš Šef?ovi?, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview. 

  • Expert: EPSO assessing potential over knowledge

    27-08-2010

    Candidates for positions in the EU institutions are primarily being tested for ability and potential, rather than specialised knowledge, under the new system launched by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), Carmen Peter, a Brussels-based executive coach and trainer, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Best-selling author: Cultural closeness is key to enlargement

    Languages & Culture 25-06-2010

    In some ways Turkey is completely European, indeed more European than some Balkan countries, but in other ways it is not at all, best-selling Bulgarian writer Alek Popov told EURACTIV after a year-long exchange with cultural actors in the region. But he said the same phenomenon was true for the Balkans in general.

  • PA boss: Power in Brussels ‘shifting to bureaucratic level’

    13-05-2010

    Decision-making under the EU's reformed comitology system represents a 'black box' in EU transparency, prominent consultant Daniel Guégen told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview, asserting that power in Brussels "is shifting from the political level to the bureaucratic level". 

  • Estonian diplomat: E-voting can be tricky

    Elections 12-05-2010

    Electronic voting (e-voting) in elections can help increase voter turnout and is technically safe. But it is also exposed to human vulnerabilities like voting pressure from political parties, Miko Haljas, Estonia's ambassador to Budapest, told EURACTIV Hungary in an interview.

  • Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

    10-05-2010

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Analyst: Barroso II needs ‘vision’, sense of ‘history’

    11-02-2010

    With decades of EU institutional reform and eastern enlargement culminating with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is now "as close to the final EU institutional balance as we are likely to get in our lifetimes" and leaders can focus on pressing issues like climate change, energy and food security instead, Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, told EURACTIV in an interview. 

  • NGO: ‘Reform EU financial expert groups’

    19-01-2010

    "The European Commission should reform the way it takes advice on financial matters and it cannot do that without bringing about a deep change in its financial expert groups," Yiorgos Vassalos, a researcher at the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

  • PA head: Ashton walks ‘a very tight uphill rope’

    18-12-2009

    The respect that leaders harbour for the European Union's new foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will be key to her success in the role, Jacques Lafitte, partner and founder of Brussels-based consultants Avisa Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that if she is rebuked by her contemporaries on high-profile issues then she will be too afraid of making mistakes to act decisively. 

  • PA chief: Scope for top-job ‘turf struggles’ under Lisbon

    03-12-2009

    The Lisbon Treaty leaves scope for 'turf struggles' to take place over the division of power between the new EU president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs but this is less likely given the personalities currently in place, Georg Danell, managing partner at the Brussels office of public affairs firm Kreab Gavin Anderson, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • PA director: National parliaments must ‘work hard’ under Lisbon

    03-12-2009

    National parliaments will need to work hard to get to grips with EU legislative proposals quickly and join forces with their counterparts elsewhere in the EU if they are to make the most of the additional scrutiny powers granted to them under the Lisbon Treaty, Caroline Wunnerlich, managing director of Fleishman-Hillard Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview. 

  • Consultant: ‘Top job’ roles to be defined by personalities

    03-12-2009

    The division of power between the new EU president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs "will be defined by their personalities," Julia Harrison, managing partner at public affairs consultancy Blueprint Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview.