Exclusive insights from stakeholders & policy makers: all available interviews


VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinion regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy, etc. It should be seen as a complement to our qualitative tools, including our advanced mappings of MEPs, which you can find here. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Ștefănuță: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Interview with MEP Stefanuta

The new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) aims to address the potential gap in climate policy ambition between the member states of the European Union and third countries by putting a carbon price on specific imports to the EU. In July 2021, the European Commission issued its long-awaited proposal on this core element of the Fit for 55 package which is now awaiting further action in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Chahim: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism


With the Fit for 55 package, the European Union aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. An essential part of this strategy is the so-called Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an extension of the existing Emissions Trading System (ETS). By applying the same rules and levies both to inner-European production and to foreign imports from countries that do not meet the EU’s “climate-friendly” production standards, the CBAM aims to level the playing field between domestic and external producers. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview: Turkish Ambassador addresses Europeans after the EU October Summit

The EU-Turkey relations are at their lowest in recent years, at a time when the EU seems to be facing increasing challenges to promote its interests internationally, while facing rising nationalism internally.

The EU leaders have not shied away from imposing sanctions on Russia, taking distance from the US (after the change of administration in Washington) and build trade defence mechanisms against China. Continue Reading