Sarantis Michalopoulos

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

The Brief: Overtaxation transports moral people to Paradise

In total, 130 Greek names were on the Paradise list and one of them was Mareva Grabowski Mitsotaki, the spouse of the conservative opposition’s leader, New Democracy’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Grabowski Mitsotaki was allegedly the manager of a mutual fund based in the Cayman Islands.

16-11-2017

ECB denies EU auditors access to information on Greek bailouts

The European Central Bank (ECB) questioned the mandate of the European Court Auditors (ECA), the watchdog of EU finances, to examine the Bank’s role in the Greek Economic Adjustment Programmes and did not provide “sufficient” information.

Health 15-11-2017

Patients’ leader: Reimbursed anti-smoking programmes are a way to kill COPD

Stricter rules on smoking, reimbursed anti-smoking programmes and smoke-free public places are among the ways to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from being a public health crisis, says Mikaela Odemyr.

Economy & Jobs 14-11-2017

Paradise Papers is an ‘opportunity’ for EU to tackle multinational tax evasion, says Greek MEP

The Paradise Papers has presented the EU with a golden opportunity to crack down on tax evasion by multinationals and the art of investing profits from cheap labour in tax havens practised by emerging economies, insists European Parliament Vice-President Dimitris Papadimoulis.

Health 14-11-2017

Kadenbach MEP: Tobacco warnings should mention chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Progress has been made on tobacco products health warnings but the next round of graphic labelling should also mention the less-known chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which happens to be the second cause of death worldwide, MEP Karin Kadenbach told EURACTIV.com.

 

Agrifood 13-11-2017

Greek yogurt is produced only in Greece, Commission warns Prague

The denomination “Greek yogurt” cannot be used for yogurts produced outside Greece, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com amid mounting tensions between Athens and Prague on the issue.

Health 13-11-2017

Life-threatening lung disease: Europe’s ‘unknown’ killer

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time. But it is far more than just a 'smoker's cough'.

Agrifood 10-11-2017

Agriculture expert: A ‘third body’ is needed between science and EU politicians

In order to rebuild confidence in EU decision-making, there is a need to establish a “third independent body” between EU politicians and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as neither NGOs nor the industry can say whether a substance should be banned or not.

Digital 10-11-2017

Greece vows to use Copernicus to boost smart farming

The Greek government aims to use Copernicus, Europe's earth-monitoring system, to maximise the potential of smart farming, which will help the country ensure its position in the post-crisis era, Greece's digital policy minister told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 09-11-2017

Market disruption fears grow as glyphosate ban looms

The Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed met today (9 November) to discuss renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate, which is produced by Monsanto and others, but no qualified majority among member states was reached again.

Agrifood 06-11-2017

European farmers say glyphosate deadlock shows mistrust in EU bodies

EU farmers’ union Copa-Cogeca has rejected the Commission’s revised proposal for a five year re-authorisation of glyphosate, claiming that such a proposal would “undermine” credibility in the EU institutions. Instead, they suggest a full 15-year re-approval.

Agrifood 02-11-2017

Hungary says bioethanol phase-out will damage its agricultural economy

The European Commission’s proposal to gradually phase-out first generation biofuels by 2030 will have a “major” negative impact on Hungary’s rural development, the ministry of agriculture told EURACTIV.com.

Energy 02-11-2017

Greek energy companies annoyed by ‘late’ amendments to renewables regulation

Private energy providers are upset with Greek politicians, claiming that they make “last minute” amendments to bills that change the regulatory framework and distort the renewable energy market.

Health 02-11-2017

Pharmaceutical company gives free access to drug after clash with Greek government

Following a clash with the Greek government over its decision to withdraw a cancer drug from the market, ROCHE, a Swiss multinational company, ultimately decided to make the drug available to patients for free.

Health 31-10-2017

Greek health minister fumes at pharmaceutical company after drug withdrawal

The Greek ministry of health reacted strongly to the decision of a pharmaceutical company to withdraw a drug from the market for “viability” reasons, saying it will not accept any blackmail.

Agrifood 30-10-2017

The Brief: Where does all the waste go?

Every year EU citizens waste an estimated 88 million tonnes of food, a number which is expected to rise to approximately 126 million tonnes by 2020 if no immediate action is taken.

Health 30-10-2017

Pharmaceutical company withdraws oncology drug from Greek market

A multinational pharmaceutical company has decided to withdraw an innovative oncology medicine from the Greek market, claiming that its price has fallen more than 50% because of the government’s regulatory interventions in the pharma area, EURACTIV.com has learnt.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

Business chief: Greece is politically stable and now needs productive investment

Greece is politically and economically stable and now it’s the time for productive investment that will create jobs and increase the country’s GDP, Greek business leader Konstantinos Michalos told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 27-10-2017

British farmers’ boss: I hope outside the EU, decisions will be science-based

The leader of Britain's farming union, Meurig Raymond, hopes that the agriculture-related decisions made in London after his country leaves the EU will be more science-based and less emotional than is currently the case in Europe.

Elections 26-10-2017

S&D chief works for a progressive alliance away from ‘Orbánising’ EPP

There should be a clear distinction between the right and the left in European politics and the EU socialists should open the door to other anti-austerity progressive forces as well as to those who do not want to follow the “Orbánisation” of the centre-right, S&D leader Gianni Pittella told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 25-10-2017

Pro-glyphosate states refuse to back re-approval of less than 10 years

The EU member states led by the UK, which are in favor of glyphosate’s re-authorisation for at least ten years, refused at a meeting today (25) to support the renewal of the substance for a less period of time, EURACTIV has learnt.

Economy & Jobs 25-10-2017

S&D MEP: Council wants to decide alone on next EU budget

The EU Council’s intention to conclude the negotiations about the next Multiannual Financial Framework toward the end of 2019 is the “worst timing” and shows that it wants to decide alone, socialist MEP Isabelle Thomas told EURACTIV.com in Strasbourg on Wednesday (25 October).

Agrifood 25-10-2017

French MEP: Difficult but possible to find glyphosate alternative in 5 years

It will be really difficult but not impossible to find an alternative to the controversial glyphosate weedkiller by the end of 2022, French MEP Angélique Delahaye told EURACTIV in Strasbourg after European Parliament approved a five-year phase-out.

Health 25-10-2017

Greek government on collision course with pharmaceutical companies over innovative drugs

Several pharmaceutical companies in Greece have threatened to stop supplying the market with innovative drugs and said they could even withdraw existing drugs as a result of an obligatory “discount” imposed by the Greek government and applied retroactively.