Alexandra Nikolakopoulou

head of unit, food information and composition, food waste, DG SANTE, European Commission

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Alexandra Nikolakopoulou joined DG SANTE in 2003 (ex DG SANCO) where she serves today as head of unit in the Unit ‘Food information and composition and Food waste’ in the Food Safety Directorate. She has been leading and coordinating the work for the adoption of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and she is in charge of some of the main initiatives of the strategy such as the general framework for sustainable food systems, front of pack labelling and nutrient profiles, origin labelling, sustainable labelling, food waste.

Throughout her career in DG SANTE Nikolakopoulou has been dealing with issues relating to food labelling and general food law. More specifically she was responsible for the preparation, negotiation and adoption of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of Food Information to Consumers and of the recent Transparency Regulation.

After three years working for the legal Unit of the European Commission’s Consumer Protection Directorate General she joined EuroCommerce, the European Association of retail and wholesale companies, where she worked as a food law advisor. She completed her DEA in European law at the University of Toulouse.

Nikolakopoulou holds a law degree from the University of Athens after which she was called to the Athens Bar.