Sarantis Michalopoulos

Agrifood 23-06-2017

Soft drink makers back product reformulation as ‘healthier’ than taxation

Governments can steer consumers towards healthier choices by supporting the reformulation of food ingredients, rather than imposing "discriminatory" taxes, according to the soft drinks industry.

23-06-2017

Consumer goods regulation: A ‘slippery slope’?

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In an attempt to address public health concerns, policymakers have pushed for increased regulation on food, soft drinks and alcohol products.

Enlargement 23-06-2017

EPP hails positive momentum on Macedonia name dispute

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is satisfied with the new rapprochement between Skopje and Athens, as the two sides aim to unlock Macedonia's NATO bid and open the door to EU accession talks. But some within the party counselled caution.

Health 22-06-2017

Tobacco makers denounce ‘brand theft’ from plain packaging

The trend towards imposing plain packaging on tobacco products has made industry executives furious and denounce “Brussels-led overregulation” that effectively leads to "brand theft".

Alcohol 21-06-2017

Alcohol makers brace for EU-wide mandatory labelling

Makers of spirits and beer are exploring self-regulatory solutions to show consumers the ingredients contained in the alcohol they drink. However, they find the Commission's timeline "too tight" and fear mandatory rules will eventually be imposed on them.

Politics 21-06-2017

Juncker praises Tsipras following Weber jibe

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (20 June) that he fully trusts Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras, after Manfred Weber said Tsipras "belongs to the past".

20-06-2017

The Brief: With great investment comes great leverage

Greece has blocked an EU statement at the United Nations criticising China’s human rights record.

Agrifood 20-06-2017

‘Traffic light’ food labels gain momentum across Europe

A UK scheme that labels pre-packed food in red, amber or green according to their level of healthiness was rejected by Mediterranean countries at EU level but is slowly gaining momentum across Europe.

Economy & Jobs 20-06-2017

Stakeholders question Commission’s handling of tobacco track and trace

Several member states and the EU distribution sector have questioned the effectiveness of a recent European Commission consultant’s proposal on the future track and trace system of tobacco products.

Economy & Jobs 19-06-2017

EU urged to allow vouchers as aid to the most deprived

A group of EU member states has urged the European Commission to allow the use of vouchers in distributing aid to the most deprived, arguing they help save costs and uphold the dignity of the people concerned.

16-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: The hypocrisy of liberalism

The Commission is clearly on an investment drive. But several member states have expressed concerns about so-called “hostile takeovers” by non-EU companies and want legislation to protect critical national infrastructure.That’s a fair point considering the mounting pressure by new players in the international markets. But what is critical infrastructure? From telecoms networks to power grids, …

Agrifood 15-06-2017

Parliament narrowly adopts pesticide ban for ‘ecological areas’

The European Parliament narrowly endorsed a ban on the use of pesticides on arable land set aside for nature conservation on Wednesday (14 June), prompting a leading environmental group to call for a rethinking of how the bloc's multi-billion agricultural policy is decided.

Economy & Jobs 14-06-2017

Confusing messages suggest tough Greek debt talks at Eurogroup

The European Commission is optimistic about an overall agreement with Greece at tomorrow’s Eurogroup. But Athens says a deal is still far due to Germany’s stance.

Active ageing 14-06-2017

Report finds human rights abuses in Europe’s nursing homes

Ahead of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day tomorrow (15 June), a new report heats up the discussion about the conditions of the elderly in Europe’s nursing homes.

Agrifood 14-06-2017

Consumer group wants to kill cartoons on ‘unhealthy’ food for children

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) urged food companies on Wednesday (14 June) to stop using cartoon characters to promote unhealthy foods for children, saying they negatively affect their dietary behaviour.

Economy & Jobs 14-06-2017

Greece cracks down on voucher misuse by employers

The growing trend of distributing vouchers to employees to avoid taxes has raised eyebrows in the Greek government, which has moved to crack down on unprecedented levels of tax evasion in the cash-strapped country.

Future EU 13-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: Make Erasmus more inclusive

The European Union is celebrating today 30 years of its 'Erasmus' programme. Approximately 9 million young people have already travelled to another EU country and some 1 million 'Erasmus babies' have been born.

Biofuels 12-06-2017

FAO official: Food-based biofuels not necessarily bad

Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming the environment or pushing up food prices, a senior official from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has said.

Economy & Jobs 08-06-2017

Moscovici urges Greece’s lenders ‘not to play with fire’

Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici warned today (8 June) Greece’s creditors to avoid “playing with fire” ahead of a crucial Eurogroup meeting on 15 June.

Enlargement 08-06-2017

New Macedonia PM signals willingness to tackle row with Greece

Macedonia's new Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has signalled a possible shift in the country's sour relations with neighbouring Greece, which have blocked Skopje's efforts to join the European Union and NATO.

Transport 07-06-2017

Greek ship owners clash with Schäuble over taxation

The inability of German maritime policy to successfully support its domestic shipping industry is the motivation behind Wolfgang Schäuble’s pressure on the Greek government to tax shipping firms, Greek ship owners said in a statement.

Health 26-05-2017

Greek government under fire for not implementing smoking ban law

Anti-smoking campaigners heavily criticised the Greek government for not implementing a 2008 law that prohibits smoking in public places. EURACTIV.com reports from Athens.

Health 24-05-2017

Andriukaitis: Anti-smoking laws are of little value if they are not implemented

Member states should prioritise laws that protect public health because there is little value in having them if they are not enforced, the EU's health Commissioner told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 19-05-2017

Andriukaitis heats up glyphosate discussion with ‘science’ comments

In light of heavy criticism by the EU socialists in the revived glyphosate debate, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com that political opinions cannot outweigh broadly-agreed scientific opinions.