Sarantis Michalopoulos

Greek PM avoids apology for government’s snowstorm fiasco

After days of absence from the public, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologised on Wednesday (26 January) for the mismanagement of a snowstorm that paralysed the country this week and left citizens trapped in cars for more than twenty hours.
Energy 10-01-2022

Greece fumes as Washington loses interest in EastMed gas pipeline

The United States is no longer supporting the construction of EastMed gas pipeline project as Washington’s interest is now switching to renewable energy sources, according to a State Department statement. According to Greek media, the move profits Turkey.
Coronavirus 07-01-2022

Five EU states take high-risk approach to school opening

Most EU countries plan to open schools next week after the Christmas break amid the rapid spread of variant Omicron across the bloc.
Coronavirus 06-01-2022

Paid PCR tests cause political turmoil in Greece

The opposition and medical associations have mounted pressure on the Greek government to distribute free PCR tests for people, as Greeks seem to be the only EU citizens who still pay to get a molecular test.
Agrifood 09-12-2021

Updated data brands bioethanol as ‘cost-effective’ tool to decarbonise EU transport

A new report has found that following years of investments, crop-based bioethanol should now be considered a “cost-effective” measure to reduce road transport CO2 emissions by 2030.
Health 07-12-2021

Dementia: everyone has heard the word, but no one understands

“I will eventually have the luxury of forgetting, all those around me won’t have that luxury, they will never forget what dementia has done to us,” Chris Roberts, who has dementia, told in an interview, emphasising the need for increased awareness over a devastating disease is present in all corners of the world.
Elections 03-12-2021

Greek socialists decide leader, eye future coalitions

The Greek socialist party is holding on 5 December its primaries to elect its next leader. The outcome of the vote will likely determine the next coalition government in Greece whether it will lean to the left or the right.
Health 29-11-2021

WHO official: COVID-19 seriously worsened dementia’s state-of-play in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have a negative impact on people suffering from dementia, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat from the World Health Organisation (WHO) told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Biofuels 19-11-2021

EU Ombudsman corners Commission after denial to unveil used cooking oil data

The European Commission has until February 2022 to comply with the EU Ombudsman’s recommendation to provide data related to the origins of imported Used Cooking Oil (UCO) biofuel in the EU, amid concerns over alleged fraud cases.

Greece fumes over new Spain-Turkey armament deal

The Greek government reacted strongly after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to enhance their countries’ collaboration in the defence industry.
Freedom of thought 15-11-2021

EU parliament chief demands ‘clear explanation’ from US after MEP is denied visa

European Parliament President David Sassoli has demanded a "clear explanation" from the US caretaker ambassador in Brussels for why a leftist Greek MEP has been denied a visa to travel to the US, EURACTIV has learnt.
Agrifood 12-11-2021

British farmers call for government support to reach ‘net-zero’ agriculture

British farmers have set an ambitious strategy to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture by 2040. But for all farmers to be able to contribute, the government should step in and provide the necessary means, the National Farmers' Union of England and Wales (NFU) told EURACTIV.
Energy 11-11-2021

Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector IGB faces delays due to supply shortages

Greece confirmed on Wednesday (10 November) delays in the construction of a key gas interconnector linking Greece and Bulgaria (IGB), reported earlier by EURACTIV Bulgaria, but insisted that they were due to supply shortages.

Greek PM defends migration policy in heated dialogue with Dutch journalist

A press conference of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis' and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte was marked by a heated dialogue with a Dutch journalist, when the latter accused the Greek PM of pursuing an “illegal pushbacks” policy.
Agrifood 09-11-2021

Farmers see chances in carbon farming but must be market-led

Agriculture stakeholders see a shift towards carbon farming in the European Union positively but emphasise that details over financial incentives for EU farmers must be determined for its proper rollout.

Slovenian PM’s ‘Soros puppets’ tweet causes EU-wide political storm

Prime Minister Janez Janša is facing criticism after tweeting that some MEPs are “Soros puppets”. The MEP's under attack included Sophie in ‘t Veld.

Expert: Decision makers lack knowledge on advanced breast cancer

Treatments for metastatic breast cancer (MBC), which affects thousands of European women every year, have progressed and can now significantly prolong a patient’s life but decision-makers still don't take this fully into account, an expert has told EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 06-10-2021

EU Parliament’s Renew in turmoil over group’s next leader

The announcement by Dutch EU lawmaker Sophie In’t Veld that she wants to run for president of Renew Europe has triggered reactions in the centrist political group, as the French, the biggest delegation within the group with 23 lawmakers, seem to have other plans.
EU Priorities 2020 29-09-2021

Bullmann: SPD electorate rejects coalition with conservatives

The electorate of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) rejects potential collaboration with Christian Democrats (CDU-CSU) and prefers a progressive government looking at the future rather than a return to the austerity-driven past, EU lawmaker and senior SPD official Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV in an interview in Berln.
Global Europe 26-09-2021

Global Europe Brief: Germany’s foreign policy after Merkel

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. In this week's edition: Germany's future foreign policy, Franco-German AUKUS divergence and migration spat.
Health 17-09-2021

EU unprepared to tackle Alzheimer’s disease as new treatments progress

European Union countries are still lagging behind in tackling Alzheimer’s disease despite calls by the World Health Organisation for urgent action as cases in the European region are expected to double.

Commission asks Greece for transparency on pushbacks to release migration funds

The European Commission has asked Greece to set up an “independent” mechanism to monitor and avoid pushbacks of migrants at its border as a condition to release an additional €15.83 million in migration funding requested by Athens.
Coronavirus 28-06-2021

Greece pays young people €150 to get vaccinated

The Greek government has announced plans to grant €150 to every young Greek who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or will get the jab soon, calling it "a gift of gratitude" ahead of the summer.
Health 02-06-2021

European Commission puts e-cigarettes to the test

A European Commission report referencing the potential for electronic cigarettes to fall under pharmaceutical legislation has heated up the long-running debate over the health effects of these novel products.