Interviews

471 Pedro Narro
Since its creation, in 1992, the LIFE programme has been one of the EU's main sources in support of the climate and the environment. The European Commission has recently made a proposal to continue the programme for the period 2014-2020 and introduced some significant changes. We had a chat with Pedro Narro, member of the NAT section, who was the rapporteur for the recent opinion on the LIFE Programme. Read More...
The EESC's NAT/530 opinion seeks to provide food for thought and to stimulate public debate on how to encourage sustainable and inclusive growth in rural areas. We interviewed the rapporteur, Adalbert Kienle. Read More...
Martin Siecker
Biotechnology, or genetic modification, is a thorny issue. The debate is often emotional, which is regrettable, given that this politically sensitive subject merits a better quality of debate. To improve its knowledge base and contribute to the ongoing debate, the EESC voted a specific opinion on GMOs in the EU, NAT/513; we have asked a few questions to the rapporteur, Mr Martin Siecker. Read More...
Yves Somville
The EESC has contributed to the debate on the financing of the European food aid programme for the most deprived (MDP) with an opinion adopted at its December 2011 plenary session. The debate follows a new Commission proposal which aims to bring the existing text into line with a judgment of the European Court of Justice. The judgment requires products eligible for the food aid programme for the most deprived to come from agricultural surpluses, as was originally the case, and prohibits the provision of food products which come from purchases on the market. The Committee's opinion, drafted by Mr Somville, expresses support for the financing and continuation of this programme, which has played a major role since the 1980s in helping the most disadvantaged people in the EU. Mr Somville spoke to us about the main elements of the opinion. Read More...