Please note that this is an EU Committee briefing. You will have 20 minutes networking time at the beginning of the event.
At this EU Committee lunch briefing, Paolo De Castro will lead us through the upcoming priorities for the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, such as the implementation of the omnibus regulation and the CAP reform.
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Paolo De Castro is currently the First Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and member of the Delegation for relations with the United States of America. In 2009 he became a Member of the European Parliament representing the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. He was Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Coordinator for the S&D Group in the same Committee, as well as member of the Conference of Committee Chairs. From 2008 to 2009, he was vice-chairman of the Committee on agriculture and agri-food production in the Italian Senate. In 2002, Paolo De Castro was elected as a Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, where he worked until 2008. Between 2000-2001, Paolo De Castro held the position of Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi. During 1998-2000 and 2006-2008, he was Minister of agriculture, food, and forestry in the governments of D’Alema and Prodi. From 1996 to 1998 he was economic adviser to the Italian Prime minister, Romano Prodi, and to the Minister of Agriculture, Michele Pinto. During the period of 2000-2005, Paolo De Castro was the president of a number of scientific institutions, including the Elabora Research Centre – Italian Confederation of Cooperatives, the NOMISMA Institute of Economic Studies, and the Qualivita Foundation. He has also been the scientific coordinator for the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies. Since 2002, Paolo De Castro has been Professor of agricultural policy at the University of Bologna. Between 1985 and 2002, he was associate professor at Washington State University, University of Sassari, and University of Bologna. He completed a degree in agriculture from the University of Bologna in 1980.