About Eberhard Rhein

Eberhard Rhein has devoted most of his life to European and global issues. During the 1980s and  1990s,  he served successively as chef de cabinet to the Commission VP in charge of external relations and director responsible for the Mediterrranean and Arab world.

For the past 10 years he has focused more on global environmental issues.

He also gives a course on economic  policy at the “Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies” in Malta. He is the author of many articles on EU, Mediterranean and international subjects

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  1. Comment by Paul Giles | 2010/01/24 at 17:25:13

    Mr Rhein,

    Congratulations on the high standard of your English. May I correct one small error that you made twice in your recent contribution to the blogactiv site.

    ‘News’ is an uncountable noun. You could perfectly well talk about two pieces of news, or two items of news, but never of two news.

    I hope this helps.

    Best wishes,
    Paul Giles.

  2. Comment by Joel Marsden | 2010/02/10 at 13:58:09

    Dear Eberhard Rhein,

    I would like to invite you to the screening of the film WORLD VOTE NOW inside the European Parliament in Brussels on February 23, 2010 followed by a panel discussion, where Dña Jessica Elio, Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of the Bolivian embassy in Brussels will present President Evo Morales´s proposal for a global referendum.

    The film contains an 8 year investigation into the possibility of applying the concept of “one person – one vote” to the entire population of the planet and a trailer can be seen here:


    The invitation for the screening can be downloaded here


    Please let me know if you would like any additional info.


    Joel Marsden

  3. Comment by TRUONG Marie Therese | 2010/09/15 at 11:39:15


    I’m a freelance journalist and a real estate professional based in Luxembourg.
    I’m preparing a paper about Green Buildings (public and commercial).

    Could European buildings (public and commercial) become the “green leaders”?
    If yes, how and when?

    Many thanks indeed for your help!

    Best regards,

    Marie Therese Truong

  4. Comment by eberhard rhein | 2010/10/12 at 15:16:18

    Buildings will need to be highighted by any effective European climat policy.
    they account for about one third of C02 emissions in northern and central Europe.
    It is technically possible to have new buildings with zero-emissions. These exist and more pilot schemes are being constantly built. The extra cost is no more than 20 percent of the cost and it pays in terms of lower heating costs.

    it is existing stock that causes the poblems, technically and even more financially.
    What to do
    First, implement strict consumption standards.
    Second, launch big renovations programmes, especially in Central Europe
    Third, use substantial amounts of EU regional funding for this.
    Eberhard Rhein

  5. Comment by Tom Rowe | 2011/05/04 at 15:54:04

    Dear Prof. Rhein,

    I thougt you might be interested in this particular blog post from EWEA. The subject of the post is the statements of EU Commissioners Hedgeaard and Oettinger regarding the possibility of a new 2030 renewable energy target.



    Tom Rowe
    Web Editor

  6. Comment by Eric Mark | 2012/12/04 at 19:38:35

    As a former colleague I must strongly disagree with your recent judgment of Israel. You seem to agree with those “defenders ” of Human Rights like Cuba, the Sudan, Iran, China etc. who don’t want the UNHCR to tackle individual countries whilst they propose 21 resolutions against the only democratic state in the Middle East which allows Muslims the vote and representation in Parliament. Please have another look at the real situation which requires negotiations with the PLA and complete rejection of a “negotiating” partner in the shape of Hamas, whose leaders have sworn to destroy Israel and who encourage small children to commit suicide for the greater glory of Allah..

  7. Comment by Eric Mark | 2012/12/04 at 19:39:31

    See above

  8. Comment by Rafa? Betlejewski | 2013/11/20 at 22:12:00

    Dear Mr. Eberhard Rhein,
    I would like to talk to you for broadcast on the Polish radio RDC – trying to present your thoughts on the COP in Warsaw. Skype – half an hour.
    Would you do that?

    Thank you,

    Rafal Betlejewski

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