President of the Veneto Giancarlo Galan was appointed as Italy’s minister of agriculture by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano on Friday, April 16, 2010. Galan’s predecessor, Luca Zaia, was named president of the Veneto by the same decree.
Galan joined prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party in 1994 and was first elected president of the Veneto in 1995, where he has presided over the region’s legislature for 3 terms, through 2010.
Some, like Federico Vecchioni, president of Italian agricultural giant Confagricoltura (General Confederation of Italian Agriculture), have praised the appointment, citing Zaia’s opposition to “biotechnologies” as an “error that I hope will be corrected as soon as possible.”
Others, like Giuseppe Politi, president of the Confederazione Italiana degli Agricoltori (Italian Farmers Confederation), hope the newly appointed minister will change a current trend that could lead to “higher costs and thousands of companies going bankrupt” later this year.
At the same rate, other Italian industrial agriculture power players, like Sergio Marini, president of behemoth Coldiretti (National Independent Farmers Confederation), have called on Galan to embrace Zaia’s “iron” support of “the identity and typicity of ‘made in Italy'” agriculture and his opposition to Common Market Organisation “processes of standardization.”
Source of quotes: Il Sole 24 Ore.