Paolo DE CASTRO : Curriculum vitae 

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Curriculum vitae (The MEP is solely responsible for the information published)  
Updated: 26/04/2017 

Education (qualifications and diplomas) 

  • 21/12/2012 : Doctor Honoris Causa in Nutritional Sciences and Technologies, University of Basilicata (IT)
  • 06/05/2011 : Doctor Honoris Causa in Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • 12/1980 : Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Food Sciences, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna (IT)

Professional career 

  • 1992-... : Full Professor of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna (IT)
  • 1987-1992 : Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Politics, University of Sassari (IT)
  • 1986-1987 : Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Washington State University, Pullman (US)

Political career 

Offices held in a political party or national trade union  
  • 2009-... : Member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Party (PD)
  • 2009-2014 : Member of the National Board of the Democratic Party (PD)
Offices held in a national parliament  
  • 04/2008-07/2009 : Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Italian Senate (XVI Legislature)
  • 2006-2008 : Member of Parliament, Italian Chamber of Deputies (XV Legislature)
Offices held in a national government  
  • 2006-2008 : Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Policy in the government led by Romano Prodi
  • 1998-2000 : Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Policy in both governments led by Massimo D’Alema
Offices held in the EU institutions  
  • 2017 : First Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 2014-2017 : S&D Group Coordinator in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 2011-... : Member of EP Delegation for relations with the United States
  • 2009-2014 : Chair of EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 2009-2011 : Member of EP Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council
  • 2009-... : Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • 2000-2002 : Special Advisor to EU Commission President Romano Prodi
Offices held in other European organisations  
  • 2000-2005 : Scientific coordinator of CIHEAM – International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Paris

Other activities 

  • 2001-2004 : Chair of Nomisma – Institute of Economic Studies, Bologna

Honours 

  • December 2013: Titulo de Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Agrario, Pesquero y Alimentario
  • June 2013: MEP Award – MEP of the Year for Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • November 2000: Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

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