My activity in the Parliament
I belong to the largest political group in the European Parliament, i.e. the European People’s Party (EPP), which has 175 deputies over a total of 705. As representative of the South Tyrolean People’s Party (SVP), within the EPP I work in the Italian and as well in the Austrian delegation. At the last European elections I got over 100.000 preference votes, thanks to the support of the people of South Tyrol, Trentino and of the Belluno and Friuli areas.
Member of committees and delegations
Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development:
This is one the most important and renown committees of the European Parliament. The committee deals with matters accounting for around the 37% of the budget of the EU. The decisions taken by this committee directly affect the lives of EU citizens. Its original aim was to support food production in the aftermath of the Second World War.
As a member of this committee, I contribute to the drafting of legislative texts. At the moment, we are working on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) for the period of 2021-2027. The aim is to set out a range of measures to assist European farmers, sustaining agricultural productivity and protecting employment. Supporting small agricultural enterprises is not only important from an economic point of view, but it is also fundamental to preserve the quality of life in peripheral areas and to protect biodiversity, particularly in mountainous areas. It should be noted that 12-13% of the earth’s land area is used for agricultural purposes, thus providing humanity’s staple foodstuffs. In addition, the committee also deals with matters related to food quality and consumer protection. In this regard, the recent intensification of controls and the introduction of new standards have already led to an improvement in food quality. The AGRI committee strives also to protect the agricultural sector from the consequences of the economic and financial crisis, by securing jobs and ensuring fair prices.
- Subcommittee on Tax Matters
- Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community
- Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)