Sarantis Michalopoulos

Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.

Elections 14-12-2017

Weber says future of EU will dominate German coalition talks, calls for realism

The future of the EU will be one of the key issues for the coalition talks in Berlin, admitted Manfred Weber, the leader the centre-right European Peoples' Party group and member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to the Christian-Democrats (CDU).

Languages & Culture 13-12-2017

Sakharov Prize: Opposition activist lashes out against dictatorship in Venezuela

The wife of a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader lashed out in the European Parliament against the "dictatorship" of the country's leftist president, which she said has imprisoned the whole nation.

Alcohol 08-12-2017

Erasmus students want to see alcohol prevention in EU Youth Strategy

Programmes which focus on the prevention of excessive alcohol consumption should be considered in the next EU Youth Strategy, João Pinto, the president of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has said.

Health 08-12-2017

Drug pricing debate to take place in heated atmosphere

Following a Greek government request, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) will discuss on Friday (8 December) a recent dispute between Athens and ROCHE, a Swiss multinational company, over the latter’s decision to withdraw a cancer drug from the market.

Politics 07-12-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Stanishev looks for a ‘progressive’ seat but the train is fully booked

Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists, recently spoke in favour of a progressive “renewal” for Europe with the socialist parties taking the lead.

Global Europe 07-12-2017

International treaties are off-limits, EU warns Turkey

The European Union has made it clear that all candidate countries must respect international treaties, an EU official told EURACTIV.com in reference to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said in Athens that a 1923 border deal between Turkey and Greece should be updated. The EU official told EURACTIV on Thursday (7 December) that the …

Health 07-12-2017

Celgene boss: Chronic diseases will bankrupt Europe if incentives are dropped

Alzheimers, diabetes, cancer and other non-communicable diseases will bankrupt Europe if we don’t keep the incentive frameworks alive and well, Mark Alles told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Alcohol 07-12-2017

‘Sea Battle’: Students learn to party smart on boat cruise

As part of the “Responsible Party” alcohol prevention programme [See background], Pernod Ricard Sweden has joined forces with the Erasmus Students Network (ESN) to implement a unique “Sea Battle” project.

Politics 06-12-2017

MEPs urge Bulgaria to tackle shocking corruption at Turkish border

Two centre-left (S&D group) lawmakers published a report on Wednesday (6 December) revealing severe cases of corruption on Bulgaria's border with Turkey and called on Sofia to take immediate action to address a situation that violates EU citizens’ rights.

Alcohol 06-12-2017

ESN President: Access to water is an integral part of ‘Responsible Party’

Access to water is essential while consuming alcohol and it’s one of the main tools of “Responsible” Party” campaign, João Pinto, the president of the Erasmus Student Network, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 05-12-2017

How important is a healthy breakfast in our lives?

The World Health Organisation says that more than 60% of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight in early adulthood.

Alcohol 05-12-2017

Stakeholders take careful steps to revive EU Alcohol and Health Forum

The European Commission is trying to foster dialogue among stakeholders and find the best way to take the EU Alcohol and Health Forum a step forward.

Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Angry tobacco industry asks Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue’

The tobacco industry is fuming at EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis following his statement that manufacturers are “silent” over illicit trade.

Alcohol 04-12-2017

‘Responsible Party’ has some impact on students’ drinking habits, report finds

'Responsible Party', an awareness-raising campaign against the excessive use of alcohol, has helped students consume less alcohol and improve their habits by drinking water too, a study has found.

Agrifood 01-12-2017

Bayer to grant access to product safety studies to rebuild public trust

German chemical firm Bayer will next week launch a transparency initiative providing EU consumers with access to the safety data of its products, aiming to restore the dwindling trust in the sector, EURACTIV.com has learnt.

Elections 30-11-2017

The Brief: EU election fears behind Russian fake news fight?

For the first time, the EU is setting aside funds to tackle the alarming Russian fake news. The money is not huge, around 5 million, but it means the bloc has officially recognised that Russian disinformation or propaganda is a serious threat that needs to be tackled in the long run.

Health 30-11-2017

COPD is on the European Commission’s agenda, EU health chief says

Diagnosis tools like spirometry should be promoted in order to monitor lung systems and prevent the spreading of illness like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the second cause of death worldwide, the EU's Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.

OLAF raids European Court of Auditors premises

EXCLUSIVE / The European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, raided on Wednesday (29 November) the premises of the European Court of Auditors, the watchdog of EU finances, according to reliable sources who spoke to EURACTIV.

Health 29-11-2017

UK and pharma industry call for transition period for medicines supply

With Brexit barely 15 months away, the UK government, as well as the European and British life science industry, is calling for a transition period on the regulation and supply of medicines in order to avoid potential disruptions in the market that will negatively affect patients.

Agrifood 28-11-2017

Greek farmers highlight the need for advisory in agriculture

Greece needs new and functional structures and enhanced farm advisory services in order to give smart farming a boost, an agricultural expert told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 27-11-2017

EU renews glyphosate for five years as Germany swings the balance

A much-awaited qualified majority of EU member states was reached today (27 November) for the re-authorisation of the world's most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate.

Health 24-11-2017

Andriukaitis lashes out at tobacco industry, says it uses ‘tricks’ to bypass legislation

EXCLUSIVE / The tobacco industry is already feeling the pressure from the implementation of EU anti-tobacco legislation and is exploring ways to bypass it and mislead EU consumers, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Health 24-11-2017

Athens brings its dispute with pharma industry to the EU Council

The next EU Health Council on 8 December will discuss the “lack of drug availability in Greece”, amid mounting tensions between the leftist government in Athens and the pharmaceutical companies.