Sarantis Michalopoulos

Agrifood 20-03-2018

Questions raised over EU’s proposed advanced biofuels list

Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
Agrifood 19-03-2018

EU set bar ‘too high’ on advanced biofuels

The EU needs a more realistic target for advanced biofuels in transport, green campaigners have warned, saying proper sustainability criteria should be introduced to avoid the “mistakes of the past” when biofuels attracted criticism for causing deforestation and environmental degradation in the developing world.
Agrifood 19-03-2018

Greenpeace: Commission and member states playing ‘hide and seek’ on neonics ban

The European Commission is playing hide and seek with member states regarding a ban on neonicotinoids, and this benefits pesticide manufacturers who keep on killing bees and the environment, Greenpeace claims.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

EU farm support does not distort trade, Commission tells Washington

The EU financial support to farmers, including to Spanish olive producers, does not distort trade, European Commission sources told in light of the rising tensions between Brussels and the US government over trade.  
Agrifood 15-03-2018

Italian farmers team up to face increasing market pressure

IItalian farmers say they have been the “weak link” in the country’s fragmented food chain and are seeking ways to effectively organise themselves in order to increase their bargaining power in the agricultural market.
Agrifood 14-03-2018

Brussels government takes Commission to EU court over glyphosate

The government of the Brussels region has decided to file a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its decision to re-authorise glyphosate, the most widely used pesticide in the world.
Alcohol 13-03-2018

Alcohol labelling proposal fails to end debate on calories

The alcohol industry presented on 12 March their self-regulatory proposal on labelling, focusing on “flexibility” for wine, beer, spirits and cider. Alcohol makers will be free to decide whether to place information on the label, online or both.
Agrifood 09-03-2018

Farmers fear a ‘Russia-style’ scenario in EU-US trade spat

European farmers are worried that the EU-US trade dispute will escalate, leading Washington to target agricultural products, farmers organisation Copa-Cogeca told
Alcohol 09-03-2018

Commission still vague about online alcohol labelling

Consumer needs and expectations should be the main drivers in defining alcohol labelling, a European Commission spokesperson told when asked about the effectiveness of online labelling,  an option the alcohol industry wants to introduce.
Agrifood 07-03-2018

Greece authorises Monsanto’s Roundup for five years

The Greek ministry of agriculture officially approved on Tuesday (6 March) the re-authorisation of the world's most commonly used weedkiller, Monsanto’s Roundup, which contains controversial chemical substance glyphosate.
Future EU 07-03-2018

EU socialists seek alternatives to avoid Parliament’s ‘Germanisation’

A number of socialist MEPs are looking for alternatives to German Udo Bullmann's candidature for the presidency of the group, after Gianni Pittella resigned following his election to the Italian Senate.
Agrifood 05-03-2018

Greenpeace: Cut out meat to meet Paris Agreement goals

The world needs to cut the production and consumption of meat in half by 2050 in order to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, a new Greenpeace report said.