Sarantis Michalopoulos

Global Europe 10-08-2018

Russian meddling in Greek domestic affairs ‘unacceptable’, Commission says

Russia’s meddling in Greece's domestic affairs is "unacceptable", the European Commission told EURACTIV.com, amid an ongoing war of words between Athens and Moscow.
Global Europe 09-08-2018

Greek minister: Erdogan planned the arrest of our two soldiers

The arrest of two Greek soldiers at the border with Turkey was “pre-planned” and ordered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos has claimed.
Health 08-08-2018

WHO warns about health risks of wildfires and dry summer in Europe

Europe’s wildfires combined with the extreme warm weather can pose additional health risks to people living in affected areas, the World Health Organisation has warned.
Agrifood 07-08-2018

Europe’s GM legislation is ‘outdated’, US says after Court ruling on gene editing

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has called a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice on new plant-breeding techniques (NPBTs) a ‘setback’ and said Washington is ready to help EU politicians make decisions based on scientific evidence.
Agrifood 06-08-2018

Commission gives EU farmers ‘temporary relief’ amid extreme droughts

The European Commission decided to grant EU farmers more flexibility in implementing the green requirements in order to face alarming droughts across Europe, the executive said in an announcement.
Alcohol 06-08-2018

MEPs ask Commission to reject industry’s alcohol labelling proposal

A group of MEPs has called on the European Commission to turn down an industry proposal on alcohol labelling, claiming that alcoholic beverages should no longer enjoy a preferential regime compared to other foodstuffs.
Agrifood 26-07-2018

Mars boss: EU-UK should prepare to extend Article 50 or transition period

London and Brussels should be “pragmatic” and prepare to either extend Article 50 or the transition period so that Brexit talks can progress "in the right way", Mars Wrigley Confectionery's regional president for Europe, Russia, CIS and Turkey told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 25-07-2018

Industry shocked by EU Court decision to put gene editing technique under GM law

The European Court of Justice ruled on 25 July that organisms obtained by mutagenesis plant breeding technique are GMOs and should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive, in a surprising move that went contrary to the Advocate-General's non-binding opinion.
Agrifood 25-07-2018

Sowing the seeds of the post-2020 CAP

In June 2018, the European Commission unveiled its much-awaited plans for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In light of the Brexit and the emergence of new priorities such as security and immigration, the Commission proposed a 5% cut in...
Agrifood 23-07-2018

Plant breeding techniques: Commission wants broader reflection on innovation in seeds sector

The European Court of Justice will decide on Wednesday (25 July) if the so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) fall under the GM legislation, in a highly anticipated ruling that has divided the relevant stakeholders
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2018

Tobacco smuggling: Marseille’s illicit secret

Like most big ports, Marseille has seen its fair share of crime and smuggling. The latest trend, seen almost everywhere in the bustling Mediterranean city, is the sale of cigarettes smuggled from North Africa. In the endless cat-and-mouse game with the police, smugglers seem to be winning, for now.
Enlargement 20-07-2018

Greece-Russia ties shaken, Turkey pulls the strings

Systematic efforts to derail the Macedonian name deal, combined with increased Ankara-Moscow cooperation, are the main reasons that tensions between Greece and Russia have escalated of late, diplomatic sources told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 20-07-2018

European market ‘open to palm oil’, EU ambassador in Malaysia says

The EU is open to palm oil and there is no ban on the commodity, the head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia, ambassador Maria Castillo Fernandez, said on 16 July in an apparent attempt to appease Asian producers.
Agrifood 19-07-2018

Environmentalists clash with EFSA over neonicotinoids ban ‘exceptions’

Environmental NGOs have questioned the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) scientific capacity to grant EU member states emergency authorisations for neonicotinoids, whose usage was recently banned.
Agrifood 17-07-2018

Berlin joins opposition to EU Commission’s proposed cuts for CAP

The agriculture ministers of France and Germany rejected the European Commission proposal to decrease the budget for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), claiming instead that it should remain at the current level.
Enlargement 16-07-2018

Zaev says Russian money used to instigate violence ahead of name deal referendum

Greek businessmen with close ties to Moscow have bribed citizens in Skopje to “commit acts of violence” ahead of the referendum on the name deal with Athens, Zoran Zaev, the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), said on Monday (16 July).
EU-China 16-07-2018

China set to fully control Portugal’s power grid amid Europe’s inertia

China is set to make further inroads into European infrastructure, as a state-owned company attempts to gain full control of Portugal’s power grid.
Enlargement 13-07-2018

US-Russia tensions escalate over Greece, Macedonia name deal

The Kremlin accused Washington on Friday (13 July) of being behind the Greek government’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats who had allegedly tried to derail a deal resolving Greece's name dispute with neighbouring Macedonia.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2018

Greek minister: Neoliberalism and xenophobic far-right are ‘two sides of the same coin’

A broad progressive front should be established in order to face rising extreme-right ahead of the EU election in 2019 Greece's Alternate Economy Minister Alexis Charitsis told EURACTIV.com, adding that neoliberalism and far-right are “two sides of the same coin”.
Health 10-07-2018

Investment in digital health and access to drugs at the core of Austrian Presidency

Austria’s EU Presidency will focus on “strong” investment in digital health as well as on regulatory issues when it comes to access to medicines, Dr Clemens Martin Auer told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Dr Clemens Martin Auer is the president of the...
Agrifood 10-07-2018

US questions CAP’s raison d’être with Spanish olives investigation

If the ongoing US government investigation into imported Spanish olives ends up imposing anti-dumping duties, it could potentially set a dangerous legal precedent and question the entire functioning of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), experts and farmers warn.
Economy & Jobs 09-07-2018

Genuine cigarettes smuggling from Algeria gives Brussels another headache

The increasing flow of genuine cigarettes from Algeria into Europe is giving politicians a fresh headache.
Agrifood 06-07-2018

EP’s AGRI committee no longer alone on CAP reform negotiations

The leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups decided on 5 July to grant the Environment Committee “shared competence” with the Agriculture Committee in the environmental aspects of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).