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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

New EU Commission, which future for organic farming?

Romanian Dacian Ciolos is the new EU Commissioner for Agriculture, appointed by José Manuel Barroso at the beginning of December. However, the choice raises some doubts in the organic industry, as the new Commissioner has long campaigned for the reintroduction of transgenic soybeans in the Romanian countryside. Moreover, British observers complain that Ciolos has a too "French-oriented" educational background, besides being married with a French woman. The British press is thus up in arms at his appointment, condemning it as a "stitch-up". His marriage to a Frenchwoman and his studies in Rennes and Montpellier prove instead that he is "a true European", according to Romanian press. Bucharest daily Gândul adds that "his task will be exceedingly difficult" because "he will have to find common ground between the conflicting interests of France and England". In any case, the new CAP leader will be much less brutal, according to his ows his words, than his predecessor Mariann Fischer Boel. Shy at first, Dacian Ciolos argues that Europe must be "more well-advised", that politicians must "go down to the territories".

Source: Green Planet