About: Paolo De Castro

Agrifood 19-07-2019

‘Environmentalist’ von der Leyen forgot farming in her speech, MEPs say

Ursula von der Leyen' slip-up on agriculture did not pass unnoticed by lawmakers, who voiced regret that the Commission president-elect did not mention at all the farming sector in the first speech she addressed to the plenary in Strasbourg last Tuesday (16 July).
Agrifood 21-05-2019

Commission in search of ‘robust response’ to gene editing challenge

The EU executive has already prepared the ground for a new initiative on gene editing to overhaul the current GMO legislation, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Genome editing is going to be high on next Parliament agenda, MEP says

Protecting plants genetically rather than chemically will become increasingly important in future farming, but this also highlights the need to solve the legal pitfall created by a recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on gene editing, MEP Paolo De Castro told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 15-03-2019

Battle over unfair trade practices ends, its champion rejoices

On Tuesday (12 March), the European Parliament approved long-awaited legislation on unfair trade practices (UTPs). EURACTIV.com spoke with the lawmaker who shepherded the new rules over the line.
Agrifood 19-12-2018

MEPs and ministers make final bid for deal on unfair trade practices

Both the current Austrian and incoming Romanian presidencies asked rapporteur Paolo De Castro to return to the negotiating table 'in the spirit of Christmas' for an unexpected final round on unfair trade practice (UTPs) scheduled for today (19 December).
Agrifood 25-10-2018

EU Parliament resists retailers’ pressure, starts talks on unfair trade practices

Brushing aside pressure from EU retailers, the European Parliament gave Paolo De Castro, a socialist MEP and rapporteur for unfair trade practices, the mandate on Thursday (25 October) to immediately start trilogue negotiations on the issue with the EU Council and Commission.
Agrifood 11-05-2018

MEP De Castro: New plant breeding techniques will ensure food quality and quantity

The new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) are a major opportunity to move toward sustainable agriculture and simultaneously ensure food quality for EU consumers, MEP Paolo De Castro told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

Italian farmers team up to face increasing market pressure

IItalian farmers say they have been the “weak link” in the country’s fragmented food chain and are seeking ways to effectively organise themselves in order to increase their bargaining power in the agricultural market.
Agrifood 22-03-2017

Smart farming seeks role in post-2020 CAP

Precision farming could play a leading role in making EU agriculture more sustainable. But green NGOs claim that the concentration of food production in the hands of the agri-food industry will have catastrophic consequences.
Agrifood 16-03-2016

EU approves duty-free Tunisian olive oil imports

The European Parliament has agreed to waive taxes on olive oil imports from Tunisia to the EU, in a bid to boost the country’s economy. The move has prompted anger from Italian MEPs. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Agrifood 18-02-2016

Rip-off Italian products can ‘no longer be tolerated’

An Italian MEP has urged the European Commission to crack down on ‘Italian sounding’ products that pose a threat to his country’s valuable artisanal food industry. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Agrifood 10-02-2016

ComAgri wants Commission olive oil plan changes

The European Commission's proposal to allow the sale of 35,000 tons of duty-free Tunisian olive oil in 2016 and 2017 has once again come under fire. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Agrifood 09-11-2015

Italian farmers want to seize TTIP opportunity

Representatives of Italian agriculture have expressed doubts over TTIP's transparency - but have urged against "demonising" the agreement. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Agrifood 25-09-2015

De Castro: CAP reform not set in stone, can be changed

SPECIAL REPORT / The looming threat of a cut to the EU agriculture budget has prevented the Parliament to fight for a full-fledged CAP reform, but all is not lost as it can be changed through the mid-term review, said Paolo de Castro, Italy's former Minister of Agriculture. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Agrifood 14-03-2013

After landmark CAP vote, the hard work begins

MEPs exercised their power to shape agricultural policy for the first time on Wednesday (13 March), voting to adopt a controversial package of legislation that now faces a fresh round of negotiations with national leaders. EURACTIV reports from Strasbourg.

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