ITALY: Italy makes plea for Parma as seat of new European Food Authority
Despite official EU discouragement, the new Italian Government has renewed its campaign to have the historic and gourmet City of Parma, in its so-called Food Valley, become the seat of the proposed European food safety agency. Giovanni Alemanno, the new Agriculture Minister in the centre-right coalition government head by business magnate Silvio Berlusconi, said another choice such as Helsinki would be "unbelievable." He also called a recent statement by EU Commission President Romano Prodi, a native son hailing from the Parma area, that Luxembourg is the favourite "incomprehensible."
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