Interview


    • Prof. Mihail Konstantinov: Experts say most of us will go through Covid-19

      Prof. Mihail Konstantinov: Experts say most of us will go through Covid-19

      This virus is pretty unique in its behaviour, perhaps because it was man-made to a certain extent. Or at least that is what some Nobel Prize laureates believe. We, the optimists, got it wrong. Not that extreme pessimist turned out to be right either. Now we are learning to live with the virus. Thankfully, it has gotten less vicious. The big unknown is what will happen in the autumn and the winter, when regular seasonal viruses arrive.

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    • Sonya Spasova: The pandemic does not invalidate our rights

      Sonya Spasova: The pandemic does not invalidate our rights

      The imposed state of emergency has created unprecedented circumstances. Many cannot make use of their prepaid holiday to a destination abroad and what they share is that their efforts to cancel the arrangement and get a refund or postpone the reservation have been unsuccessful. That is where we come in. The experts of the ECC-Net are tasked with informing consumers about the stipulations laid out in the European and the national legislations, says Sonya Spasova, Director of European Consumer Centre - Bulgaria, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We need urgently a deal for EU's own resources

      Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We need urgently a deal for EU's own resources

      Covid-19 clearly showed us that Europe is far from a finished product and needs a reboot. The world is changing and geopolitical layers are shifting. If we want to avoid getting squashed between global players, we need a different European Union, a union that is able to protect the interests of our citizens. As currently constructed, the bloc is not equipped to do so, says Ilhan Kyuchyuk, ALDE Party Vice-President and MEP, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Dr Nunez Ferrer: After losing Germany's support, 'frugal four' cannot stop the trend

      Dr Nunez Ferrer: After losing Germany's support, 'frugal four' cannot stop the trend

      EU budget rules are not designed for rescuing, but for operating under normal conditions. Now we have an emergency and you tell Member States that they will get all this money, expecting them to quickly prepare a programme and also spend the funds quickly, but in reality a year will pass until the first euro is spent. If there were absorption problems before, why shouldn't there be absorption problems with this recovery package, says Dr Jorge Nunez Ferrer, Senior Research Fellow at CEPS, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Andrey Novakov: There is no greater challenge to the EU than the pandemic

      Andrey Novakov: There is no greater challenge to the EU than the pandemic

      The fight over the Mobility Package is a very long one and it is too early to tell whether it has been won or lost. When it is all said and done, it will most likely be neither of those things because we are talking about a compromise. What we need to do is get as good law provisions as possible. It is clear that the industry is going to undergo reforms. So we can safely say that this is among the bad periods we have had in this fight, but it is not the last, the MEP said in an interview to Monitor.

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    • Wojciech Wiewiorowski: We are not protecting the legal acts, but the people

      Wojciech Wiewiorowski: We are not protecting the legal acts, but the people

      The main role of the European Data Protection Supervisor, apart from the supervision of European institutions, is to take part in the legislative processes in the EU in order to help the institutions in drafting legal acts. We try to be as open as possible to any kind of consultations and contacts. We are taking part in consultations, we are organising our own events, and we are putting special emphasis on the cooperation with civil society, the European Data Protection Supervisor says in an interview to Europost.

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    • Federico Alagna: EU's big mistake is to consider migration as a problem

      Federico Alagna: EU's big mistake is to consider migration as a problem

      Migration is a complex, long-standing and absolutely ordinary phenomenon, which can entail challenges at times, but also plenty of opportunities. And, as such, it should be addressed and dealt with in a comprehensive way. When one considers migration as a problem, then the whole discourse is in a way misled. I would say that the pandemic has exacerbated an already existing attitude that, very broadly, the EU has kept over the years, Italian political researcher Federico Alagna says in an interview to Europost.

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    • Prof. Katerina Kolozova: The EU should  unify and consolidate itself to remain a player

      Prof. Katerina Kolozova: The EU should unify and consolidate itself to remain a player

      I believe the EU must start to view itself more as a political force with geostrategic instead of technocratic priorities, keeping in mind that territory, size of market, building a sense of civilisational belonging are all pressingly urgent milestones if Europe as a continent seeks to remain a global power, says Katerina Kolozova, professor of political philosophy, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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