Verona -- Hon. Paolo De Castro lines up with the position of the new president of the Agriculture Commission, Rumanian Dacian Ciolos: 'Ensure the needs of consumers for food safety and the right for a safe experiment by agriculturists.' The future of the CAP after 2013 will be discussed at European level in the next few months. 'However, agriculture - that takes almost 40% of the EU financial statement - will receive less finance.'
A visit to Fieragricola 2010 to take part in the international Unima-Ceettar convention by the President of the Agriculture and Rural Development Commission of the European Parliament, Paolo De Castro, who also touched on the GMO question that catalysed debate on the first day of Fieragricola.
De Castro takes a very balanced position. 'I fully agree with the words of the Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos,' De Castro declared. 'And that is we must ensure and respect the needs of consumers for food safety but also the right of agriculturists to a safe experiment. Agriculture has more need for science that ideology.'
De Castro - accompanied at the Press Conference by the President of VeronaFiere, Ettore Riello (who emphasised 'the role of Fieragricola in re-launching the primary sector and the importance of the visit by president De Castro'), and Director General, Giovanni Mantovani - also spoke about the future of the CAP. 'In the few next months, there will be discussion of the future of the CAP after 2013,' he said 'I think that the funds available to agriculturists are destined to fall, if other policies involving funds from the EU financial statement are to be put on their feet. In short, these involve infrastructures and new immigration policies but we should also bear in mind that resources are unchanged and that agriculture, inasmuch, will receive less finance.'
With the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon, in any case, some decision-making mechanisms will change. 'The European Parliament last 1 December expressed binding and compulsory opinions,' he explained. 'Yet there is no reason to consider this as “the lobbyers paradise”, as the former president of the Agriculture Commission, Mariann Fischer Boel, said recently.