Sarantis Michalopoulos

Global Europe 21-12-2020

OECD candidate: The US is back as ‘guarantor’ of international liberal order

With the new US administration, Washington has again taken up its role as a guarantor of multilateral system, former EU Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou who runs for the OECD top job, told EURACTIV.com in an interview. “I think it has become...
16-09-2020

OECD official: 20% of all health spending in Europe is pure waste

Europe’s current health systems have been facing long-standing malfunctions which have led to almost 20% of health spending in Europe being “pure waste”, a senior official of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 07-07-2020

EURORDIS: Rare diseases need more centralised processes within the EU

Future improvement of the EU Orphan Medicines Regulation (OMP) could involve more centralised processes for all rare diseases at the EU level, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases  (EURORDIS) told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Coronavirus 23-03-2020

Pharma boss: EU will have to focus on long-term medical research ecosystem

After the coronavirus crisis is over, Europe will need policies that can create a research ecosystem in the long run as well as ensure access to medicines to the patients who need them in a way that is sustainable for health systems today and tomorrow, a leading representative of European pharmaceuticals told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 21-02-2020

EFSA will keep British experts despite Brexit [Part II]

The European Food Safety Authority will keep UK experts in its ranks despite Brexit, because science does not recognise borders "and we want to have the best people", the EU food watchdog chief told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief: Assessing fast-changing agrifood innovation is key challenge [Part I]

Being equipped with the right methods to assess industry’s rapidly changing innovation will be a key challenge for the European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA), Bernhard Url, the EU food watchdog's chief, told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview.

Health minister: This time Belgium could mine healthcare data instead of coal

Belgium has an enormous wealth of digital data, which could help it become a new “mining” country. “We could mine data instead of coal”, Belgian Health Minister told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
EU-China 01-02-2020

Chinese ambassador: Panic could be a more fearful adversary than coronavirus

In fighting an epidemic, it is quite befitting to say that the only thing to fear is fear itself. In other words, panic could be a more fearful adversary than the virus itself, the Chinese Ambassador to the EU Zhang...
Agrifood 29-01-2020

MEP: Green Deal should ensure EU food sector’s competitiveness

With the new European Green Deal, all actors across the food chain will need to adjust to new EU standards. But policymakers also have to make sure EU industry is protected against unfair competition, MEP Maria Spyraki told EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 19-12-2019

S&D chief: We hope to cooperate with the Greens on EU legislation

Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), hopes to achieve closer collaboration with the Greens in light of upcoming legislation on the European Green Deal.

Expert: New European Commission should focus on the outcomes of diabetes

The new European Commission should focus on the outcomes of diabetes rather than on the processes within the healthcare system, which have been chronically fragmented and lacking strategic focus, Professor John Nolan told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 08-10-2019

Leftist MEP: EU left should in ‘no way’ turn its back on agriculture’s digitisation

The European left should under no circumstances turn its back on the digital transition of agriculture and give the floor to neoliberal political forces to further “marginalise” smallholders, Petros Kokkalis, a leftist MEP, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 23-07-2019

Industry mulls system to verify used cooking oil composition

The waste-based biofuels industry is “actively working” to develop a system to identify the composition of used cooking oil, Angel Alberdi, secretary-general of the European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 11-07-2019

Czech drug policy shifts toward patients with rare diseases

The Czech government has launched a legislative initiative to improve access to most modern medications and rare disease drugs, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch told EURACTIV in an interview, adding that patients are involved in the decision-making process at a very early stage, including in drafting the law.
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.
EU Elections 2019 26-03-2019

Bullmann: May should put the Brexit question back to the people

UK Prime Minister Theresa May should stop wasting time and start working with the Labour Party for a closer EU-UK relationship, or put the question back to the British people, socialist chief Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 03-01-2019

Greek minister: CAP budget should be maintained to ensure agriculture sustainability

If a proper balance between resources and obligations in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not achieved, the future of the EU agriculture and countryside will be uncertain, said Greek agriculture minister Stavros Arachovitis.
Agrifood 21-12-2018

Commission official: Water management among Copernicus’ future priorities

The European Commission aims to make Copernicus, the EU’s earth observation programme, a “top tool” in fighting climate change in the future, which will simultaneously be more involved in policies related to water management, a high-ranking EU official said. “One...
Agrifood 19-12-2018

Campaigner: Short food supply chain is more than selling local products

Short food supply chains have a multidimensional role to play. They can help revitalise European farms by encouraging young people to work the land, but they also provide cheap and healthy food to consumers and attract tourists, campaigner Geneviève Savigny told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 04-12-2018

Greek pharma boss: ‘We reached our limits, our sustainability is at stake’

The Greek pharmaceutical industry has reached its limits due to a number of “unreasonable” burdens imposed by the government during the crisis, Greek pharma chief Olympios Papadimitriou told EURACTIV.com in an interview. The sustainability of pharma companies is at stake, threatening 86,000 jobs, he said.
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Minister: Digitisation of agriculture at the core of post-bailout Greece

The digitisation of the agricultural sector will be at the heart of Greece’s growth following the exit from austerity-driven bailouts, Greek minister Nikos Pappas told EURACTIV.com in a recent interview.
EU-Africa 05-11-2018

S&D chief: ‘Political suicide’ for Europe to ignore Africa

Europe has to tackle the root causes of migration and better manage population flows by investing in people rather than walls, Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 08-10-2018

Expert: Life-course immunisation will save costs and lives

The adoption of a life-course immunisation approach in the EU will have significant multi-level effects, ranging from a healthier population to savings in healthcare budgets, Professor Daphné Holt told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 17-09-2018

EFSA boss: Our advice should not be misused for short-term political interests

The selective approach of some campaign groups regarding the credibility of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) results in a “general erosion of trust” in the bodies designed to protect public health, EFSA director Bernhard Url told EURACTIV.com in an interview.