Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies

Teresa Bellanova

Minister of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies

Tradition, history, and culture. These are the main elements representing the strength of a strategic sector such as the Italian nursery gardening one.
It must be incentivized and protected for the importance it has from a productive, economic, and occupational point of view and because it is a sector destined to achieve a more and more centralised role in the upcoming years. Therefore, we must be aware that investing in green means first of all investing in the community’s health and wellness, contributing in making our urban centres more sustainable. This is why we are committed in confirming, despite the difficulties caused by the last Budget Law, an important instrument such as the Green Bonus, which we decided to finance with the resources of the same Ministry of Agricultural Policies. It is an indispensable instrument fundamental for a real Green Deal project. In this direction is also included what foreseen in the Budget, regarding the reduction of the tax base (5% limit) for the activities aimed at the commercialisation of live plants and floriculture products among agricultural entrepreneurs and the commitment we have undertaken, embracing the initiative launched by Slow Food and Comunità Laudato sì, of increasing at national level the planting of new trees. Another important part of the work regards the strengthening of the phytosanitary system. I am convinced of the needs to deal with the damages suffered in the past by the sector and that continue to persist due to the speculation regarding the Xylella fastidiosa matter, used by our foreign competitors to justify the restrictions to the detriment of Italian exports, which have created negative repercussions not only in economic terms, but also of image.
My commitment is to strongly reaffirm that Italy is and must be considered by all effects, except for the areas involved, a Xylella free area.
My encouragement is to work joining forces to promote and protect, with concrete and shared actions, one of the most important sectors of our Country.

Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies

Giuseppe L’Abbate

Secretary of State of the Minister of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies

In this period of great attention to climate changes, surrounding oneself with green spaces doesn’t just help to decorate one’s life environment but also helps to mitigate the thermal-udometric conditions of energy saving (architectural green spaces), particularly in urban settings, and plays a therapeutic role to restore a more natural pace of life.
Therefore, “greener” means “more beautiful” not only in an aesthetic sense. That’s why we’ve made a strong effort in order for the Green Bonus to be extended until 2020, and we are waiting for such extension to be official with the launch of the “Milleproroghe” decree.
In addition, in the 2020 Budget Law we approved, for the first time, the flat-rate scheme for the trade of live plants and floriculture products through the application of the determining income percentage of 5 percent for the activities aimed at commercialising plants and floriculture products, purchased from nursery gardening entrepreneurs.
In a global scenario where floriculture is strongly expanding, Italy (which was able to stand out thanks to the high quality and typicality of its products) can and must play an important role by increasing its presence in the international sphere.
Mipaaf will have to endorse, support and enhance this industry, by providing a shared vision of the profitable strategy to pursue. Meanwhile, in the internal market we will have to face the arrival of harmful organisms also with the aid of the new plant passport, which states compliance with the requirements for phytosanitary transit and will provide better protection for us.

 

ENA (European Nurserystock Association)

Jan-Dieter Bruns

President of ENA

It is always a pleasure to be in personal and professional contact with Italian nurseries and I would like to thank ANVE for this opportunity to address you all.
We are meeting the challenges of the new EU Plant Protection and Control Regulation. The adaptation of nurseries to the regulations has required a lot of work in all nurseries in Europe. However, despite the lack of information and thanks to the cooperation between the nursery organisations, we have adapted ourselves, because we know that the aim is to improve biosecurity and to prevent and tackle plant health problems, because plant health is the most important asset of a 21st century nursery.
Italian nurseries are the top leaders in nursery business and I would encourage you to continue your excellent work for a greener Europe. Having a greener Europe is also the goal of our CHAFEA (European Commission) that have funded the project “Green Cities for a sustainable Europe”, which ENA and their members are successfully implementing in seven European countries by the end of 2020. We involved politicians, decision-makers and regulators across Europe to convince them that greener cities are essential, to convince them that more plants are needed in the cities for the benefit of citizens and to mitigate the climate change. We are confident, that Italy will also participate in future programmes after 2020.
The concept of “green cities” is also in line with the EU Green Deal. Nurseries can contribute to most of the four pillars of the EU Green Deal: Climate Pact, Biodiversity, Recycling, Zero Pollution. This European Green Deal will bring new challenges for nurseries and require more from ourselves, changes in some aspects of our way of working, more control and more paperwork, but we must be optimistic because it will also mean more opportunities and more demand for our products and at the same time, contribute to a better future for our planet. We must recognise and seize the business opportunities behind this policy!
On behalf of the European nursery industry, I wish our Italian colleagues a successful and prosperous year 2020.

International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)

Bernard Oosterom

President of AIPH 

During the 71st Year of the International Association of Horticultural Producers, AIPH achieved several firsts. The AIPH Spring Meeting 2019, which took place in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, included the first AIPH Sustainability Conference.
In 2019, AIPH also organised the first World Ornamental Horticulture Summit to take place in China. The event formed part of the AIPH 71st Annual Congress which incorporated the AIPH Expo Conference and the AIPH Green City Conference. Besides the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit, the AIPH 71st Congress incorporated another historic event with a visit to the world’s largest horticultural expo ever held – the AIPH approved A1 Expo 2019 Beijing. This incredible exhibition took place on a 503 hectare site, attracted 9.34 million visitors, 110 international participants and hosted over 3,000 events.
We were especially proud to welcome our first new member (in recent years) from Africa. In Italy, we were proud to support the AIPH approved trade fair Flormart, where AIPH Secretary General, Mr Tim Briercliffe, joined our member ANVE, to deliver a speech on issues surrounding Xylella and the implications of extended EU Plant Health Regulations.
Again, this year, AIPH issued the International Statistics Yearbook. The 67th edition, published in partnership with Union Fleurs, provides a wealth of current global data on our industry. Another new AIPH achievement for 2019 was to publish the first series of reports from the AIPH International Vision Project. The outcome of this project, which commissioned and coordinated detailed global research and analysis, was a global perspective of future production and markets for ornamentals until 2030. The predictions provide a valuable resource for the entire ornamentals industry and focus attention on preparing for future challenges and changing consumer demand.
On the theme of looking ahead, we are excited to start 2020 with the AIPH international Grower of the Year Awards in January at IPM ESSEN. This will mark another new achievement for AIPH as this leading international trade fair will take place for the first time with AIPH approval. The AIPH Spring Meeting will follow in March taking place in Miami. We have another full calendar of events ahead through which we will continue to support our members and pursue our mission as the “World’s Champion for the Power of Plants”.

Parlamento Europeo 

Paolo De Castro 

Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament

For the floriculture sector, 2020 began with significant regulatory changes, which will make the activity of Made in Italy operators even more competitive. The Budget law, with the flat-rate taxation regime, this year provides for simplifications in the sale of live plants and floriculture products up to 10% of the turnover, and the confirmation of the green bonus through the Milleproroghe decree. Meanwhile, on December 14 last, the 2016/2031 regulation came into force, to which the European Parliament – which I have the honor of representing for Italy in the Agriculture and Budgets committees – worked with determination to limit the spread in the territory EU of diseases of plants and organisms deemed dangerous. A text aimed at phytosanitary prevention that leverages qualifying aspects, such as risk management, the register of professional operators and the new phytosanitary certificates for the marketing of plants and nursery materials. But 2020 will also be a turning point for the future Common Agricultural Policy, in which we are working in Parliament to avoid the risks of renationalisation contained in the current reform proposal and to guarantee farmers adequate incomes under the New Green Deal indicated by the Commission. Before the reform, however, the CAP awaits the green light to the transitional regulation which will have to ferry for the next two years the rules currently in force to give legal certainty and economic tranquility to our farmers.