About: Reinhard Bütikofer

Cybersecurity 30-05-2018

National governments reach breakthrough deal on voluntary cybersecurity certification

Diplomats reached a compromise on new cybersecurity rules more quickly and with less controversy than many observers close to the file had expected.
Future EU 26-10-2017

German coalition talks reject Macron’s eurozone budget plan

German parties exploring a coalition government have dealt an early blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's hopes for more expansive fiscal policies from Berlin, backing a balanced budget and rejecting the idea of a separate pot of cash for the eurozone.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Bütikofer: ‘The priority to support additive manufacturing is financing research’

Reinhard Bütikofer is one of the most authoritative voices in the European Parliament on 3D printing. In his view, Europe will have to struggle over the next decade to be a leader in industry, and will get there only if it turns research efforts into innovative results.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission exploring how to protect EU steel market from China

It doesn’t look good for Beijing. Brussels and Washington still refuse to recognise China as a market economy and the Commission has proposed legislation that completely changes the rules for EU trade with third countries. EURACTIV Czech Republic partner Aktuálně.cz reports.
Future EU 10-02-2017

Progressives accuse Merkel of pushing a North-South divide

Europe needs a radical change of its austerity-driven policies and not multiple speeds as Germany’s Angela Merkel suggests, high-ranking Social-Democrat, Green and leftist officials told Euractiv.com.
Energy 04-11-2016

The (German) politics behind Nord Stream 2

An unlikely coalition is emerging in Germany between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens. More and more, both parties want to stop the construction of a second pipeline that will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, explains Judy Dempsey.

Elections 20-10-2016

Bütikofer: Green parties ‘are not so limited in our reach as we once were!’

Pan-European polls do not paint a pleasant picture for the continent's green parties: if elections were to be held today, they would only win a quarter of the 50 seats they currently hold in the European Parliament. EURACTIV.de spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.

Commission’s axing of Circular Economy Package ‘stalled’ green policies across EU

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission was accused last night of stalling national waste and recycling policies across the EU, after it emerged that only two countries have dedicated circular economy strategies.

Let me prove you wrong on Circular Economy, Timmermans tells Greens

First Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans last night (4 February) asked Green MEPs to give him a chance to prove them wrong and demonstrate his commitment to environmental and social laws.
Trade & Society 09-12-2014

ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.
Energy 07-11-2014

Green MEP: Lobbyists stopped ambitious EU energy targets

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP said the EU governments granted each other veto rights to water down the renewable energy package. He also believes that the Energy Union and pursuing innovation should be on the top of the new Commission's agenda, as well as fighting bureaucracy, and populism. 
EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

MEPs load their guns for EU commissioner hearings

European parliament committees expressed their concerns about the structure, portfolios and competences of candidates in written questions to the 27 commissioners-designate. The queries were sent to the candidates last week as part of the approval process of the new Juncker Commission.
MEP Reinhard Bütikofer [EP]
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2014

Green MEP: ‘Juncker could be the most successful Commission president since Jacques Delors’

The majority won by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament was not an attempt to save face, says Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer. The legislator voted for Juncker because the centre-right politician shares many positions of the European Greens, and could set a new EU course on issues like immigration policy, TTIP and socio-economic policy.

A Green Perspective on the Youth Guarantee

The European Greens warn against misusing the EU’s Youth Guarantee programme, by funding it properly, and making it an instrument of empowerment, rather than a tool to “make young people disappear from unemployment statistics”.
Reinhard Bütikofer [European Parliament]
Elections 14-03-2014

Election debates: Democratic competition or political oligopoly?

Austrian and German TV will host a presidential debate between the Socialist and People's Party candidates. By doing so, they obscure the pluralism that will dominate the next European Parliament, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
EU Elections 2014 29-01-2014

Keller and Bové to campaign as Greens’ duo

José Bové and Ska Keller will lead the European Green party's campaign for the EU elections in May, after winning an 'online primary’ that polled 22,600 people across Europe, the party announced today (29 January).

Europe’s steel industry at a crossroad

Across Europe, the steel industry is suffering from increasing pressures and needs restructuring, but by putting the blame on the EU’s energy and climate policies the industry is in fact biting the hand that feeds it, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
EU Elections 2014 12-11-2013

Bütikofer: Green primaries to prompt debate on European ‘change’

The European Greens have kicked off their primaries for both their European Commission candidate for next year and to spark debate about how to change Europe, says Reinhard Bütikofer.

Young people must reclaim their future

Stark unemployment figures represent a much broader, depressing reality than just the state of the economy. They also show academic qualifications that no longer hold value, a lack of decent housing, young people being deprived of opportunities to stand on their own two feet - the ways and means towards self-determination, but there are solutions, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
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Trade & Society 27-05-2013

Reinhard Bütikofer: European Business Quiz 2013

  Business leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 11th edition of the European Business Summit 2013. The theme was 'Unlocking Industrial Opportunities - An EU Strategy for Competitiveness' and sessions and discussions addressed topics such as 'Energy and growth' and 'Transatlantic relations', 'Digitalisation of the economy' and 'Financing long term growth'.
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Trade & Society 17-05-2013

Reinhard Bütikofer at EBS 2013

Business leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 11th edition of the European Business Summit 2013. The theme was 'Unlocking Industrial Opportunities - An EU Strategy for Competitiveness' and sessions and discussions addressed topics such as 'Energy and growth' and 'Transatlantic relations', 'Digitalisation of the economy' and 'Financing long term growth'.
Elections 16-05-2013

Imagine a different European election

Few criticisms of the state of the European Union are more pervasive than the democratic deficit of the European institutions. If so many voters feel there’s a deficit, politicians will have to work hard to improve things or be cast aside, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
Trade & Society 16-07-2012

Bütikofer: ‘Industrial policy must be sustainable’

A new industrial policy strategy for Europe needs to be sustainable German Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer says. New policy instruments such as a soil directive should be adopted, he argues.
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Industrial Policy: Towards sustainable re-industrialization?

The European Commission and Member States are working together to ensure that resources are invested effectively in order to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. With the mid-term update and review of the Europe 2020 Flagship on industrial policy, planned for this year, more sustainable and green solutions could be called for. Will the remaining year bring changes in policy also for abandoned industrial areas ('brownfields')?