Sarantis Michalopoulos

Central Asia 11-06-2019

New Kazakh leader re-affirms Russia, China ties as EU criticises vote

While the European Union expressed its concerns about the 9 June elections in Kazakhstan, the newly elected leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has vowed to enhance cooperation with neighboring Central Asian countries, including Russia and China.
Central Asia 10-06-2019

Tokayev triumphs in Kazakh elections amid tensions

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the political “child” of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev who ruled Kazakhstan since Soviet times, was overwhelmingly elected as the new leader of the country on Sunday (9 June), in a vote closely watched by international observers.
Agrifood 06-06-2019

FAO official: ‘Veganism is certainly not for everyone’

Veganism is certainly not for everyone, particularly when it comes to mother and children, as it is deficient in some important minerals and vitamins, Henning Steinfeld, an official from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 06-06-2019

EU throws the ball to member states to monitor RED II implementation

The implementation of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) remains to a large extent the responsibility of the member states, EU sources told EURACTIV.com, in light of ongoing fraud investigations into the practice of mixing palm oil with cooking oil (UCO).
Health 29-05-2019

AMR incentives could be next big EU opportunity, pharma boss says

Europe could become the first region worldwide to incentivise the fight anti-microbial resistance (AMR), Nathalie Moll, director general of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 28-05-2019

Companies seek clarity on breeding innovation to stay in EU

A number of breeding companies have promised to relocate their advanced mutagenesis breeding programmes outside Europe and others will follow if nothing is done to change EU rules, Garlich von Essen, the secretary-general of the European Seed Association (ESA), told...
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

Tsipras calls snap elections after major electoral defeat

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on snap elections most probably due on 30 June following massive defeats in EU and local elections.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

Ponta denies talks with ECR, flirts with Socialists and Macron

Romania’s former Prime Minister Victor Ponta is not planning to ally his new ProRomania party with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, he told EURACTIV on Wednesday (22 May), insisting that his primary goal was to be with the EU's Socialists and Democrats.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

EU socialists say Romania’s Victor Ponta is ‘fully unreliable’

Romania’s former Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has left the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) and formed his own ProRomania party, cannot be trusted as he changes his mind every week, a high-ranking EU socialist told EURACTIV.com.  
Economy & Jobs 17-05-2019

No member state raised concerns about Greece’s relief measures

EU member states have not raised concerns about relief measures recently announced by the Greek government. Diplomatic sources close to the issue told EURACTIV.com that only the EU institutions have.
Agrifood 17-05-2019

Commission repeals US anti-dumping duties on ethanol, irritates industry

Following an expiry review, the European Commission has decided to repeal the antidumping measures against imports of bioethanol from the USA. The decision has triggered reactions of the EU ethanol industry, which warns about severe economic and climate implications.
Health 13-05-2019

Commission: EU tobacco track and trace will be fully functional in a year

The much-awaited EU tobacco track and trace system will be fully functional in "maximum one year" after its official launch due on 20 May, a European Commission official told EURACTIV.com.
Digital 09-05-2019

Greece threatens to raise Facebook’s fact-checking issue at EU Council

The Greek government has lashed out against Facebook, after the social media platform decided to partner with a “controversial” fact-checker in the country. Athens says it is now prepared to raise the issue at an EU level, unless it gets satisfactory answers.
Enlargement 26-04-2019

Greek centre-right party accused of ‘censoring’ EPP’s Weber

The leftist Syriza government and centrist Potami have accused conservative main opposition New Democracy party (European People’s Party-EPP) of “censoring” EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber during his election campaign launch in Athens this week.
Agrifood 23-04-2019

Netherlands launches 2030 vision to protect biodiversity in agriculture

The Dutch government has launched a new vision for the country’s agriculture, which prioritises the protection of natural resources and the reduction of the sector's environmental impact.
Agrifood 17-04-2019

Eastern Europe backs locally produced biofuels to save climate and farmers

Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers.
Enlargement 17-04-2019

Greek business chief: North Macedonia deal diminished Turkey’s influence

The North Macedonia name change deal, also known as Prespa Agreement, helped diminish Turkey’s influence in the country and simultaneously upgrade Athens’s role in the Balkan region, Greek business chief Konstantinos Michalos told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

EU track and trace system risks missing the deadline

EU member states have not yet taken the necessary measures from the Tobacco Product Directive II to implement a track and trace system for tackling illicit tobacco trade, which risks creating disruptions in the single market, EURACTIV has learnt.
Agrifood 12-04-2019

Syngenta vows to speed up innovation and precision in agriculture

The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies and digitisation, Alexandra Brand, chief sustainability officer at agri-food giant Syngenta, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 10-04-2019

US agriculture minister: Europe will pay the price for ignoring science

Europe is a “technology-free zone” when it comes to agriculture and it will pay the price for that, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said, criticising the EU for ignoring science on new technologies in farming.
Agrifood 09-04-2019

‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’, agri-stakeholders tell EU Commission

The involvement of many European Commission’s Directorates-General (DGs) in the  post-2020 agricultural policy has raised concerns among stakeholders, who believe it is going to cause delays and throw too much environment into the agricultural mix.
China 04-04-2019

Chinese Balkans investments disrupt EU objectives, Commission warns

Some Chinese investments entail “macro-economic imbalances and debt-dependency” risk in the Western Balkans and impact EU objectives in the region, an EU spokesperson has said in light of a controversial energy project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Greece will police North Macedonia’s airspace following historic visit

Greece and North Macedonia signed a number of crucial agreements to enhance their economic and military collaboration following a historic visit of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to Skopje.
Health 02-04-2019

Smoking is slavery and against human rights, activists say

Smoking is a form of slavery and is completely incompatible with widely recognised human rights, activists against smoking have said. They also criticised the so-called novel tobacco products for muddying the waters with the claims of being "much less harmful". EURACTIV.com reports from Bucharest.

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