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The post-Expo experience for the Emilia-Romagna region starts in California

The US Minister for Agriculture, Karen Ross, has signed the Milan Charter with the Region’s President Bonaccini in the Napa Valley. They spoke about the Region’s commitment to food safety. Fico presented in California
The post-Expo experience for the Emilia-Romagna region starts in California

Stefano Bonaccini with Karen Ross

The Californian Minister for Agriculture, Karen Ross, is the first representative of a US state government to sign the Milan Charter, the cultural inheritance of Expo 2015 that calls upon all citizens, associations, companies and institutions to take responsibility for guaranteeing the right of future generations to be able to fully enjoy their right to food thanks to the sustainable use of our planet’s resources. The charter was signed in St. Helena (California), during the "re-Think Food" conference in the Napa Valley, during a meeting with the President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, who is at the head of a delegation currently visiting California, which also includes Simona Caselli (Regional Minister for Agriculture) and Palma Costi (Regional Minister for Production), in addition to regional entrepreneurs and researchers.

Emilia-Romagna region’s mission in Silicon Valley

Presenting the Milan Charter, on mandate from the Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina, which has already been signed by Italian and overseas figures such as the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella and the Nobel prize winner for Economic Sciences, Amartya Sen, Stefano Bonaccini emphasised the fact that one of the mission’s objectives is “the desire to follow up the results and goals of Expo, for which the Milan Charter is the final document containing future programmes”.

The Region’s president also repeated the main food and agriculture data for Emilia-Romagna, including exports "that are worth almost 6 billion Euro and the USA market is one of those where our region’s products are most popular, especially thanks to the quality that they guarantee. We hope that thanks to the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), this share can grow even more”.

Fico in California

During the meeting, the Emilia-Romagna President once again highlighted the “Region’s commitment to food safety”, remembering the recent experience of the World Food Forum presented at Expo. “It has been an extremely important meeting”, said President Bonaccini, “not only because we showed Minister Ross the World Food Research & Innovation Forum platform, and because it was an opportunity to present the FicoEatalyWorld project that aims to attract visitors from all over the world to Bologna, but also because the matter of Climate Change was addressed, given the fact that in a few hours’ time we will be signing the Under2MoU protocol with the Governor of California, Jerry Brown. Lastly, focus was applied to business opportunities in the US market, the leading non-EU country for Emilia-Romagna agricultural and food exports”.

Invitation to Cibus


Bonaccini officially invited the Minister Karen Ross to take part in the second edition of the World Food Forum that will be held as part of Cibus in May 2016 in the city of Parma, and expressed a wish for “a strong relationship of cooperation with California on these matters, also involving expertise”.

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Published Nov 09, 2015 — last modified Nov 11, 2015

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