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Elections 21-06-2018

Dacian Ciolos: ‘We need to show Romanians that politics is not the mafia’

As Romania prepares to hold the rotating EU presidency at the start of 2019, EURACTIV met with Dacian Cioloș. The former prime minister and agriculture Commissioner has just set up a party in Romania similar to Emmanuel Macron's En Marche, with one eye on the European elections.

Refugees at the EU borders – status update from Romania

How prepared is the EU to receive people in need of protection? How can the integration programmes be improved? – two important case files for Brussels and the member states that can decide the future of millions. EURACTIV Romania reports.
EU Priorities 2020 20-11-2017

Bulgarian President: I may be a general, but I don’t like warlike rhetoric

In a wide-ranging interview, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, whose country takes over the EU's  rotating six-month Presidency in January, discussed European policies, the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency, and  his contradictions with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Agrifood 09-03-2017

Romanian MEP: EU needs food quality agency

Food quality in Western Europe can differ greatly to what Central and Eastern European shops stock on their shelves. S&D group MEP Daciana Sârbu spoke to EURACTIV Romania about the issue and promoting local produce.
Energy 27-02-2017

Westinghouse: Only Ukraine applies EU’s nuclear diversification policy

EXCLUSIVE / Unlike the five EU member states with Russian-built nuclear power plants, Ukraine is the only country implementing EU requirements for diversified portfolios of fuel supply, Michael Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, told EURACTIV.com.
Central Europe 07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.
Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EURACTIV.com.
Central Europe 04-10-2016

Socialist leader: Romanian president will disregard election result

Ahead of the parliamentary elections to be held on 11 December, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Romanian socialist party, warned of an "undemocratic" move by centre-right President Iohannis, who according to Dragnea, voiced his intention of nominating Dacian Cioloş for another mandate as Prime Minister, regardless of the election results.
Health 15-09-2016

Bulgarian health minister: Drugs availability part of regional cooperation

Bulgaria and Romania will soon sign an intergovernmental agreement to jointly negotiate the pricing and availability of medicines with pharmaceutical companies, Bulgarian Health Minister Petar Moskov said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Brexit 29-06-2016

Moldova’s foreign minister: We have been dubbed a ‘last chance government’

The new government has a clear road map of what it has to do, developed together with its EU partners, Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime-Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Jean-Michel de Waele: ‘The European project needs to be re-established’

“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.
Global Europe 24-11-2014

Jean-Michel de Waele: Orbán is more pro-Russian than the 1980 Hungarian communists

What Victor Orbán likes about Vladimir Putin is his model of state authoritarianism, his police state, and his grip on the media, Jean-Michel de Waele told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Negrescu: Do not cut funding from the “Horizon 2020” programme!

Research and development can open the EU to new ideas and technologies that can help us manage cheaper energy costs, cheaper industry costs, and a cleaner and safer environment for all the EU. If anything we have to increase funding in R&D, not cut it, says Victor Negrescu.
Central Europe 13-11-2014

Romanian anti-corruption chief: Fraud often begins when tenders are written

SPECIAL REPORT: Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codru?a Kövesi told EURACTIV Romania.
Corina Cre?u [European Commission]
Regional Policy 28-10-2014

Cre?u: ‘I will cut financing to luxury investment’

"My intention as a social democrat is to cut financing of projects that involve luxury investments which are not absolutely necessary, like fitness and SPA centres," Corina Cre?u, the new Romanian commissioner for Regional Policy, told EURACTIV Romania in an exclusive interview.
Štefan Füle. [The Council of the European Union]
Enlargement 26-06-2014

Füle: Bulgaria and Romania’s accession questioned the credibility of EU enlargement

Member states and candidate countries have grown tired of the pace of the enlargement process, above all, the accession of Romania and Bulgaria, which raised a lot of questions about the credibility of the process, Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Romeo Franz is twelfth on the list of Germany's Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party in the 2014 European Elections. [romeo-franz.de]

Green candidate: Merkel’s Roma policy is ‘inhumane’

Minority rights must be a priority in the EU and Commissioners should be better informed on issues related to Sinti and Roma. Despite anonymous death threats, Romeo Franz intends to be the first German Sinto in the European Parliament, he said in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Energy 05-04-2013

NIS CEO: Gazprom is our main shareholder, but we support Serbia’s EU bid

  Gazprom Neft holds a 56% stake in NIS, the largest energy company in Serbia, but the company vows to do business “outside politics” and support the country’s EU integration, Kirill Kravchenko, CEO of NIS, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.  
Central Europe 31-10-2012

Scholar: EU backslides from diversity to differentiation

There is a tendency in the EU, especially when dealing with Central and Eastern Europe, to turn the reality of the European diversity into a differentiation policy, says Vasile Pu?ca?, a Romanian scholar and diplomat who was his country’s chief negotiator in the EU accession talks.
Public Affairs 22-06-2011

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

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.
Energy 12-11-2010

MEP: Serbs think they’re top dogs in Balkans

Many Serbs feel they are superior in South Eastern Europe and feel offended that Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union first, Hungarian centre-right MEP György Schöpflin (European People's Party), shadow rapporteur on Serbia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Languages & Culture 25-08-2010

Opinion-maker: EU should adopt position on Roma controversy

The European Commission has been remarkably silent over the treatment of Roma by France and Italy, Dominique Moïsi, founder and senior advisor at Ifri (the French Institute for International Relations), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 19-04-2010

Moldova Deputy PM: Transnistria is a European problem

With the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has more capacity and more powerful tools to establish more of a presence and play a more effective role in resolving Transnistria's frozen conflict, Victor Osipov, deputy prime minister of Moldova, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.