The managing director of Filiera Italia takes stock of European industrial and agri-food policies with Adnkronos.
“There is a Europe that is finally concerned with defending its strategic supply chains from the influence and coercive power of countries, China first and foremost, which are certainly not democratic. But at the same time there is a Europe that contests the concept of food sovereignty and European food self-sufficiency and which tries with the Green Deal to dismantle agri-food production”. This is what the managing director of Filiera Italia Luigi Scordamaglia observes when speaking with Adnkronos of the situation of “profound weakness” in Europe as “many supply chains are at risk of being influenced by other countries”.
In fact, in Europe there is talk of “derisking, of industrial autonomy and agreements are also made between countries for greater autonomy of raw materials to be opposed to a China which now controls 94% of the production of magnets necessary for electric cars and in any form of renewable energy – underlines Scordamaglia – But due to the approach given by the Commission, we are witnessing a total inconsistency with Europe only prey to a regulatory schizophrenia which at best loosens the rules on state aid by stimulating the selfishness of individual countries “, while overseas, “the United States reacts to Chinese domination with a huge financial mass placed at the disposal of companies”.
The reasoning of achieving productive autonomy for Scordamaglia should also and above all apply to the agri-food chain, since of the 120 days of global wheat stocks in the world, as many as 100 are already stored in China. In this regard, Scordamaglia underlines that “like Filiera Italia and Coldiretti for some time now, we have launched a series of actions in North Africa and the Balkans for a new enlarged food sovereignty”. More precisely, Scordamaglia argues, it is a matter of “going to produce in those countries with sustainable models such as ours, thus obtaining both the fight against food insecurity, where there are geopolitical tensions, and tomorrow, a replacement of Italian imports from distant countries such as Canada that use pesticides (even banned by us) with productions in partnership in neighboring countries with reciprocity rules that we are unable to apply in North America or Asia” concludes Scordamaglia.