Paolo De Castro a Member of the European Parliament and First Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. De Castro is represents the Partito Democratico as part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Additionally, De Casto is a full Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Bologna. On top of his academic career, he has been strongly involved in agricultural policy making at both national and EU level. De Castro has served as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry for three times in the governments of Massimo D’Alema and Romano Prodi. As a Member of the European Parliament, he held the office of Chairman of Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development from 2009 to 2014, leading the European Parliament’s negotiating team during the whole reform process of the Common Agricultural Policy for the 2014/2020 period.