With Brexit just around the corner, the first agreement to enhance trade relations between Italy and Great Britain, which represents a privileged destination for the Italian food production, is to be signed soon. The goal of the agreement is to create the conditions for greater competitiveness in the Italian tomato sector, based on the recognition of products’ quality and the commitment to fair and dignified working conditions in the fields. “The UK shares with Italy an historical experience in contrasting illegal labour exploitation, promoting a culture of legality in a supply chain that is crucial for the export of Italian food,” Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti said in an official statement.
THE SIGNING OF THE ‘ANTI – BREXIT’ AGREEMENT
The agreement will be signed today in Rome between Coldiretti and Princes. The latter is a food & drink group running the largest tomato processing plant in Europe, in Foggia. Jill Morris, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Italy; Paolo De Castro, first Vice President of the Agriculture and Rural Development Commission of the European Parliament; Ettore Prandini, president of Coldiretti, and Gianmarco Laviola, managing director of Princes Industrie Alimentari, will take part in the signing of the agreement.