Trade & Society

Economy & Jobs 18-08-2021

Trade policy must be sustainable or lose public support, says Parliament’s trade chief

EU lawmakers must put sustainability at the heart of the bloc's trade policy or risk losing public support for it, says Bernd Lange. And that means having civil society at its heart, adds the German lawmaker who chairs the European Parliament’s International Trade committee.
Global Europe 05-05-2021

Ambassador: EU and South Korea born to be best like-minded partners

Climate change is likely to be a key area to strengthen cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the EU in the coming years, the country's ambassador to Brussels, Yoon Soon-gu, told EURACTIV in an interview about multilateralism, climate cooperation and the EU's Indo-Pacific strategy.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2021

EU chance for ‘Brussels moment’ on human rights reporting, says leading lawmaker

The European Commission is set to propose legislation making it compulsory for companies to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights and environmental abuse and corruption. And the direction of the debate among national and EU lawmakers, and among companies, is only going one way, says MEP Heidi Hautala.
EU-China 19-01-2021

EU should assert ‘own interests and principles’ to Beijing, says MEP

In an interview with EURACTIV France, MEP Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D) speaks about the EU and China agreeing on 30 December in principle on a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CIA) after the French presidency assured on Monday that China's human rights "commitments" would be "very scrupulously checked".

Global Europe 21-12-2020

OECD candidate: The US is back as ‘guarantor’ of international liberal order

With the new US administration, Washington has again taken up its role as a guarantor of multilateral system, former EU Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou who runs for the OECD top job, told EURACTIV.com in an interview. “I think it has become...
Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

Dombrovskis: Deep and comprehensive trade deal with the US ‘not feasible’

European Commission executive vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, believes that Joe Biden's victory will bring a fresh start to the EU-US relations. But there are limits, as he considers that it would not be feasible to try again to negotiate a deep and comprehensive trade deal like the TTIP, he told EURACTIV in an interview on Wednesday.
Economy & Jobs 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.
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.
Economy & Jobs 29-10-2019

MEP Lange: World seeks trade deals with EU, not with ‘small island’ of post-Brexit UK

No one except Donald Trump himself benefits from the ongoing trade wars, which harm the global value chain, Bernd Lange, head of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee told EURACTIV Poland.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2019

Rioja president: ‘We will stand behind our wine producers’ in EU-US tariff war

Concha Andreu, the president of La Rioja region, made her first visit to Brussels last week, just after the US announced fresh tariffs on European exports, including wine produced in her region. She told EURACTIV.com she is confident Europe will support the region, whose economy is heavily dependent on the wine sector.
EU-China 02-10-2019

Chinese official: ‘Without a strong WTO, connectivity means nothing’

The EU and Japan have launched a new strategy to strengthen ties between Europe and Asia, seen as an alternative to China’s ‘Belt and Road’. But in view of the ongoing global trade disputes, for senior Chinese diplomat Xuejun Guo, the priority is nonetheless the renovation of the World Trade Organisation’s appellate body.
CETA 24-07-2019

Top arbitration lawyer: CETA’s arbitration mechanism reflects international agreements

Louis Degos, an international arbitration lawyer, spoke to EURACTIV France about the French National Assembly's ratification of CETA, the EU-Canada free trade agreement, which, in case of disputes, would resort to the use of often confidential arbitration procedure.
Agrifood 10-05-2019

Malaysian minister: ‘Palm oil is a deal-breaker for EU-ASEAN trade relations’

Teresa Kok, Malaysia's Minister of Primary Industries, visited Brussels and other European capitals this week in a last-ditch effort to kill new EU rules that will ban the use of palm oil in biofuels – a measure European adopted because of concerns about deforestation.
EU-China 09-05-2019

Rail chief: ‘Instead of new corridors, enhance the existing ones’

President of Ferrmed Joan Amorós defends that, instead of investing in new corridors, EU and China should focus on improving the existing ones, “where the business is”. He also highlighted the importance of data sharing and the irruption of 5G to improve the efficiency of railway transport.
Brexit 18-03-2019

Association chief: Portuguese textile industry likes to think Brexit will not happen

Portugal has strong links with Britain and Brexit is perceived as a challenge in the country, as it has affected trade since the time of the referendum in 2016. But many companies seem to believe that Brexit will not happen, Paulo Vaz told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

PwC chief: ‘I do think that tensions between US and China will continue’

Pessimism is growing among CEOs, noted the latest global survey published on Monday by PwC, a consultancy firm. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the global chairman of PwC, Bob Moritz, recommended companies and governments to focus on execution in order to truly turn risks into opportunities.
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2018

Spain’s trade chief: China’s commitment to open its economy is ‘unquestionable’

Spain and China celebrate this year the 45th anniversary of their bilateral relations. In order to continue strengthening this bond, Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Madrid in the coming weeks. “We are already seeing that China is opening its markets,”  Spain’s Trade chief Xiana Margarida Méndez told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

Ambassador Zhang: China will do more to strengthen IP protection

China and the EU are “in the same boat” when it comes to preserving multilateralism, China's ambassador to the EU, Zhang Ming, stressed in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.com, which also addressed next week's ASEM summit and China's relations with its Asian neighbours.
Economy & Jobs 27-07-2018

Bullmann: ‘No victory for Juncker or Trump, but a breather’

German Socialist MEP Udo Bullmann praised the EU and US talks on trade relations. But in an interview with EURACTIV media partner Der Tagesspiegel, he also insisted that "we do not live in a command economy" and warned that the European Parliament will have to be involved with any future talks.
Brexit 08-03-2018

Trade expert: Jersey holds the key to unlock Brexit dilemma

Could the Channel Islands hold the key to unlocking the Brexit puzzle? Trade expert Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform tells EURACTIV that Jersey's 'strange relationship' with the EU could be an acceptable 'half-way house'.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

PwC boss: Businesses ‘sceptical’ about Merkel-Macron EU reform push

Europe will be high on the agenda of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (24 January), as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take the stage in Davos. But there is “a lot of scepticism” about what the two leaders can do to push forward EU integration, PwC’s chief Bob Moritz told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Economic governance 22-08-2017

HSBC economist: Europe’s south can live with a strong euro

HSBC Germany’s chief economist still sees a bright future for the euro and insists that the heavily-indebted countries of southern Europe should not be put off by the resurgent single currency, in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner WirtschaftsWoche.
Brexit 22-08-2017

MacShane: ‘We can leave the EU but not the single market’

To stop Brexit now would require another referendum and there is no public appetite for it, according to Denis MacShane. Instead, he argues the British government should push to remain in the single market and keep trade with Europe open.
Brexit 01-08-2017

Dublin’s man in Berlin: Confidence growing in Irish economy despite ‘Brexit challenges’

Ireland’s priority in the Brexit negotiations is to ensure 1998’s Good Friday Agreement is protected, as well as maintaining close as possible ties between the EU and the UK, explained Dublin’s ambassador to Germany.