Sarantis Michalopoulos

Economy & Jobs 26-07-2017

Greek minister: With progressive federalism EU will regain citizens’ trust

In order for Europe to address the current governance issue and convince citizens that it works in their interest it should turn to a left-wing progressive federalism model, Nikos Pappas told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 26-07-2017

Sowing the seeds of the post-2020 CAP

In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies, and measures to improve environmental accountability.But when the new rules took full effect in 2015, a year behind schedule, some of the same leaders who had approved it called for changes …

Agrifood 26-07-2017

Who is driving quality in EU agri-food?

The EU’s Southern member states are the leading producers of foods certified by EU quality schemes: between them, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Greece account for 70% of the total.

Agrifood 25-07-2017

US attack on Spanish olive imports is ‘serious’, EU farmers warn Commission

The US authorities are reading anti-dumping measures on imports of Spanish black table olives as of September setting a “dangerous” precedent for CAP-subsided EU agricultural products, European farmers have warned.

Agrifood 24-07-2017

Quality schemes help EU producers break new markets

The promotion of geographical indications (GI) has helped EU products attract new emerging markets which seek quality food. However, Europol warns that fake GI products are on the rise across the EU and policymakers should not disregard the protection of intellectual rights.

Biofuels 20-07-2017

Study: Commission’s biofuels policy ignored ‘Better Regulation’ principle

The impact assessment study on which the European Commission based its proposal on the use of biofuels in transport after 2020 has “fundamental shortcomings” and ignored the Better Regulation principle, a new study claims.

Global Europe 17-07-2017

Greek FM: EU should be louder against Turkish ‘intervention rights’ in member states

EXCLUSIVE / In a wide-ranging interview, Greece's foreign minister on Sunday (16 July) outlined his country's position on the failed Cyprus reunification talks, scolding UN envoy Espen Barth Eide and rejecting "interventions rights" for Turkey in any future settlement. He also warned against expecting any breakthrough with FYROM.

Agrifood 14-07-2017

MEPs open the door for waste water operators in fertilisers regulation

The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) voted yesterday (13 July) on the amendments to the proposed fertiliser regulation and suggested the introduction of more innovative products such as the ones from

Global Europe 13-07-2017

Greece-Turkey tensions mount over plan to start Cyprus gas drilling

As Cyprus prepares to start offshore drilling for gas in its economic zone, Turkey announced it was readying "countermeasures" and Greece replied it was "ready to defend its sovereign rights", in a clear sign of growing tensions between the two NATO members.

Brexit 12-07-2017

UK hits back at EU over national expert layoffs

The UK will retain all the rights and obligations of an EU member state until it leaves the Union and this includes national experts who work in the European Commission, a spokesperson from her majesty's government told EURACTIV.com.

Alcohol 11-07-2017

Majority of Europeans face risk of digestive cancers due to alcohol, report claims

A new report has linked alcohol consumption in the EU to an increase in cases of digestive cancer and warned policymakers to take immediate action.

Health 11-07-2017

Dutch health minister: EMA relocation is not entertainment, listen to the Commission

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is not a toy to be played with by politicians, Edith Schippers told EURACTIV.com. The decision on the agency's relocation should be based on the European Commission's assessment, she argues in an interview.

Alcohol 10-07-2017

Greek court hands Heineken record fine for market abuse

A Greek court has imposed a €26.7m fine on Heineken subsidiary Athenian Brewery for abusing its dominant position in the Greek beer market over more than two decades.

Health 10-07-2017

Pharma firms and consumer groups united over EMA relocation

EU leaders should make a patient-oriented decision on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London and ensure “minimal disruption”, according to the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups.

07-07-2017

The Brief: Is everything OK with Juncker and Weber?

Rumours suggest that the two men, who both belong to the centre-right political family, have not been getting along with each other lately.

Brexit 07-07-2017

Diplomat: UK should not think EU ‘weak’ on drug agency relocation

EU member states are urged to put on a united front on the issue of relocating the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), rather than bicker publicly and give the UK government reason to believe the bloc cannot cooperate properly, diplomats have told EURACTIV.com.

Biofuels 07-07-2017

New trade deals jeopardise EU green transport goals, NGO warns

Upcoming free trade deals with biofuel-producing countries in Asia and South America will undermine the European Union's goals to decarbonise the transport sector, an NGO has warned.

Agrifood 06-07-2017

Nestlé boss: Simplified food labels will better inform consumers

Simplified food label schemes like the UK-style traffic light will provide EU consumers clear and simple elements and therefore, better inform them, Marco Settembri told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Health 06-07-2017

Pharma expert: EU drug agency should be ‘easily’ accessible to all

Any country that wants to inherit the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London has to be easily accessible. Candidates will also need to increase their national agency’s resources, as staff are expected to move to the EMA, according to Adrian van den Hoven.

Health 05-07-2017

Drug agency relocation talks divide old and new EU members

The debate over where to relocate the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Brexit has divided the other 27 EU member states, despite calls for an urgent decision from the drugs industry and patient groups.

Brexit 03-07-2017

Prolonging Brexit talks ‘should not be excluded’, says key EU power broker

EXCLUSIVE / The complexity of the Brexit negotiations means extending the talks by one year should not be excluded, according to the spokesperson of the European People's Party (EPP), the leading power broker in the EU institutions.

Politics 30-06-2017

Moscovici: Leftist Syriza government is not populist

Greece’s ruling leftist Syriza party cannot today be considered as a populist party because they have made tough choices and implemented difficult reforms in order to stay in the eurozone, Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said.

Politics 30-06-2017

The Brief: Are old socialists cowards or just still in love with EPP?

Cooperation of the so-called progressive political forces has lately been the new mantra for the EU socialists.

Biofuels 30-06-2017

MEPs ask Commission to distinguish ‘good and bad’ crop-based biofuels

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee endorsed on Thursday (29 June) its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility, calling on the Commission to keep the sustainable biofuels in the EU energy mix.