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Early in 2011, I decided to start conducting some interviews for this blog about EU policy topics. In essence, I have decided to use the access that Brussels has provided me with some questions to people that ought to know the answers. Hopefully you will find them interesting…

So that there is no favouritism, I shall list the topics alphabetically:


The Blockchain Sector Needs Clarity From The EU – Interview with Totte Löfström, CEO of, Sweden’s first real-time cryptocurrency exchange in November 2018. In this interview Totte explains his experience in applying for a license as a cryptocurrency exchange and why he chose Estonia over both Sweden and Malta.

Innovation Union

The Innovation Union MUST Work! – Interview with Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice President of the Economic and Social Committee in May 2011. In this interview we discuss the role of Unions during the financial crisis and the Innovation Union strategy and it’s financing.

Government Funds Have A Very Important Role In Encouraging Innovation – Interview with Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions in June 2011. In this interview we discuss the role of European regions in the Innovation Union strategy, it’s financing and the potential for a low carbon European economy.

European Jobs Are Being Created In North America – Interview with Dr Erkki Ormala, President of DIGITALEUROPE in June 2011. In this interview, we discuss the role of a Digital Single Market on the Innovation Union strategy and the impact it might have on future growth of the European economy.

Smart Grids

Are Smart Grids Energy 2.0? – Interview with Bob Gilligan of GE Energy from the United States in December 2010.

Venture Capital

The Innovation Union Will Require Public And Private Money – Interview with Israeli venture capitalist Yigal Erlich in January 2011.


The Population Of Malta Has No Idea About The Disastrous State Of It’s Water Sources – Interview with Marco Cremona, Malta’s leading campaigner about water related issues, in February 2011.

Water Is The Main Medium Through Which People Will See Climate Change – Interview with Frederic de Hemptinne of the European Water Association about water policy in the European Union in February 2011.

The Baltic Sea Is One Of The Most Polluted Sea Areas In The World – Interview with Satu Hassi MEP, former Finnish Environment Minister in February 2011.

Hydropower Plays An Important Role In Ensuring Energy Security – Interview with Lauha Fried, Policy Officer with the European Small Hydropower Association in March 2011.

FinancialGuy Interviewed!

To prove that this interviewing thing isn’t just one-way, I was interviewed by Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice President of the Economic and Social Committee in April 2011. The interview was the first of it’s kind in the eurosphere and true to bureaucratic form, the EESC took it offline when the office changed hands.

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