Sarantis Michalopoulos

Agrifood 18-01-2019

Time is running out for biofuels sustainability criteria

The European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) of Energy will only give two days to other DGs to express their opinion about its much-awaited proposal on the sustainability criteria of biofuels, which will determine the future of palm oil in Europe.
Agrifood 17-01-2019

Scientists call for radical change of diet to transform global food system

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report.
Enlargement 16-01-2019

Tsipras goes against all in Greek parliament on North Macedonia name deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is likely to survive a confidence vote on Wednesday (16 January). But his party Syriza is alone defending the historic name change deal reached between Athens and Skopje.
Health 15-01-2019

Europe’s food safety system ‘overstretched’, auditors say

The European Union’s food safety system is respected across the globe but it’s now “overstretched”, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report published on Tuesday (15 January), urging policymakers to bolster implementation capacity.
Enlargement 14-01-2019

‘North Macedonia’ deal shakes Greek government, Tsipras calls vote of confidence

Skopje's ratification of the so-called name-change deal has triggered a government crisis in Greece, when the leader of the conservative junior coalition partner, Independent Greeks, stepped down on Sunday (13 January).
Enlargement 10-01-2019

EPP’s Weber comes out on Macedonia name change deal

Manfred Weber, the Spitzenkandidat of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), ended months of silence on the ongoing efforts to resolve the Greece-Macedonia name row with a couple of pithy comments on Tuesday (9 January) that appear to support the deal.
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2019

Former Greek PM teases fresh bailout, Commission says Greece is ‘secured’

Greece’s position at the heart of the eurozone and the European Union is "secured", according to the European Commission, following remarks made by a former Greek prime minister who claimed the country will soon seek fresh EU aid.
Enlargement 04-01-2019

Macedonia’s Zaev sees ‘existential dangers’ outside of Euro-Atlantic institutions

The name-change deal reached between Athens and Skopje does not turn against any other country, including Russia, and its only objective is to establish peace and stability, the prime minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Zoran Zaev, said on Friday (4 January).
Agrifood 28-12-2018

The role of digitised information in water safety planning

Digital tools, which provide water utility operators with accurate and timely information, can improve drinking water quality and ensure better water safety planning, experts say. The quality of drinking water currently faces two main challenges: algae blooms and turbidity. Algae...
Agrifood 27-12-2018

Expert: Predictive water management saves costs and the environment

Predictive management and process optimisation in water utilities mean less usage of chemicals, which results in a positive environmental footprint as well as less operational costs for the industry, an expert told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 21-12-2018

Greek farmers fume against mayor who banned short food supply chains

The mayor of Kozani, a city in northern Greece, decided to ban the “movement without intermediaries”, which had created a direct link between local farmers and consumers.
Agrifood 20-12-2018

EU project optimises drinking water quality using space technologies

The use of space technologies could play a crucial role in optimising potable water processing operations in order to achieve higher quality, according to the results of an EU-funded project.
Agrifood 19-12-2018

Green MEPs: New CAP is not ambitious on short food supply chains

The development of short food supply chains, where intermediaries between farmers and consumers are removed, provides consumers with healthier food and especially in the case of Europe’s south, major opportunities to enhance agrotourism, Green MEPs told EURACTIV.com.
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Weber attacks ‘populist’ Tsipras, remains silent over Macedonia name deal

Victory by Greece’s right-wing New Democracy party over Alexis Tsipras' Syriza in the next elections would show that the rise of populists in Europe is not irreversible, European People’s Party (EPP) Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber has said.
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Greek business chief urges political parties to align to save the country

Greece’s pursuit of "sustainable growth" cannot be achieved by one political leader, so all democratic political forces should set aside their ideological differences and form an alliance, Konstantinos Michalos, President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 13-12-2018

US ethanol producers: We are oil’s biggest competitor, cleaner too

Increasing ethanol use will help countries around the world meet their Paris Agreement climate goals in a cheaper way, US producers told EURACTIV.com, staking their claim to a higher role for the fuel, alongside electricity, in decarbonising transport.
Agrifood 12-12-2018

Baltic farmers in Brussels to restore CAP’s ‘historical anomaly’

Farmers from the Baltic countries will gather on 13 December in Brussels to call for a fairer distribution of payments in the framework of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 11-12-2018

IEA chief: Ethanol ‘very important’ to reduce oil dependence

Ethanol will have a very important role in decarbonising the transport sector globally, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV.com. Another energy expert said electrification will play a major role in transport but is not applicable to all sectors, which is where biofuels come in.

Biofuels and electromobility are key in Portugal’s transport decarbonisation

Portugal will use both electromobility and biofuels to decarbonise its transport sector by 2050, José Mendes, Portuguese First Secretary of State for Mobility - Environment and Energy Transition, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 10-12-2018

IPCC scientist: E-mobility not the only way to decarbonise transport

When it comes to decarbonisation of transport, switching to electric cars is just one option and there are a number of others, such as biofuels, that should not be discarded,  a scientist from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told EURACTIV.com on the sidelines of COP24 in Katowice.
Agrifood 10-12-2018

EU’s renewable energy law not meant to support farmers, official admits

The updated renewable energy directive was not meant to support European farmers, but rather promote green energy in whatever form as long as it complies with sustainability criteria, a European Commission official has said.
Enlargement 05-12-2018

Mitsotakis calls on Greek parties to reject Macedonia name change deal

The leader of the main Greek opposition party, New Democracy (EPP), called on Wednesday (5 December) on Greek political parties to block the name change deal recently reached between Athens and Skopje after almost thirty years of dispute.
Economy & Jobs 05-12-2018

Commissioners urge for unity in closed-door discussion with top CEOs

Europeans must remain united ahead of the most crucial EU elections in history, high-ranking officials told top CEOs in a closed-door meeting held in Brussels last week, EURACTIV.com has learnt.

Romanian health minister: Prevention and innovative drugs to kill cancer

In order to face the rising cancer incidence across Europe, governments should prioritise prevention policies, as well as access to innovative medicines under an EU-wide plan, Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea told EURACTIV.com in an interview.