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Interviews - Journal Général de l'Europe

Mr Pedro BALLESTEROS TORRES

Senior Administrator at the European Commission (DG ENER) in charge of International Relations, The initiator of the Covenant of Mayors and its enlargement

CONVENTION OF MAYORS: A CLIMATE, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT   With 230 million inhabitants today, the text launched in 2008 is a success of unequalled magnitude. The action plans of the signatory communities result in massive investments in the energy transition.     How many cities have signed the Covenant of Mayors? Originally, the European […]


Mr Xavier PINTAT

President of the FNCCR, Honorary Senator -Mayor of Soulac

“Networks, keys to the energy transition and territorial solidarity” The FNCCR brings together communities that delegate public network services to businesses and others that manage these public services themselves. The association accompanies its members concerning technical, administrative and financial issues.   Can you present the national federation of concessioning and governed communities of which you […]


Mrs Brune POIRSON

Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d'État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Where is Europe after the Paris agreements? Unfortunately, we know it on a global scale we are on a trajectory that is well below the objectives we have set ourselves in the context of the Paris and commitments that we collectively took. That is why Europe has an absolutely special and essential responsibility, it must […]


Mr Julije DOMAC

President of Fedarene, European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment

The voice of the regions in Brussels The European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (Fedarene) defends the regional approach to the European institutions to weigh in particular on the development of legislation.   Is the region the right level to act on the energy transition? At the European Energy Transition […]


Mr Daniel CALLEJA-CRESPO

Director General of the Environment at the European Commission

The protection of aquatic ecosystems harmonised at European level   A framework directive aims to protect and restore the quality of Europe’s waters and to ensure their long-term sustainable use. Explanations …   Can you remind us are the main objectives of the European Framework Directive (WFD) on water, published in 2000? This Framework Directive […]


Mr Maroš ŠEFCOVIC

Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy

«The challenge of successful energy transition with communities »   The European Union has just launched a new package of measures to support and mobilise players of the energy transition. An industrial revolution carried by the territories and their elected representatives. What is Europe’s energy situation? The European Union is one step ahead. Our method […]


Mr Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ

President of the European Committee of the Regions

 You will be celebrating your 25th birthday in 2019, could you come back to the creation of your institution, its evolutions and your positioning today vis-à-vis the other European institutions.   In Europe, as everywhere else, everything is changing. The Committee of the Regions was created in 1994 by the Maastricht Treaty to give […]


Mrs Corina CRETU

European Commissioner - Regional Policy

   How is the cohesion policy important for the regions and the European project? In the first place, I think it is important to emphasize that cohesion policy can benefit all regions. This project was created with the aim of levelling out the inequalities that exist between the different regions of Europe. This cohesion […]