12-Oct-17 12:21 - By Giulia Lombardo

Porcini crisis

Bad news for Mushroom picking in Italy this year: this season will be the worst since the post war period! According to Coldiretti, mushroom picking lovers can only hope in the arrival of bad weather to have a chance to find them. The record drought of the summer has caused a poor production of mushrooms. The record hot summer has already provoked a poor harvest and prices exceed 35 euros per kilo for the most prestigious porcini. Due to the bad year, there is the risk that mushrooms imported from abroad will be sold as Italian mushrooms.

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12-Oct-17 12:19 - By Giulia Lombardo

Italy in pasta labelling conflict with the European Commission

Italy has recently passed two laws to ensure that all food producers label packs of pasta and rice to indicate from which country the ingredients come from. According to the European Commission, these types of “made in” labels undermine the single market by encouraging consumers to buy local. Italy is not alone in this way of thinking; more defensive economic policies have been requested by most European countries. The French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, is in favour of granting countries more leeway to protect workers against the menace of borderless free markets. This strategy has been seen as an attempt to fight anti-EU populists. Italy did not formally notify Brussels of its new origin labels, as the law demands. This was probably because the European Commission usually is very strict about countries introducing laws in the agri-food sector, as it is considered a way of undercutting the single market.

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25-Sep-17 12:24 - By Giulia Lombardo

The Italian economy is picking up speed?

Is the Italian economy picking up speed? ISTAT, the national statistics agency stated in its monthly report that the Italian economy is accelerating, driven by the widespread improvement in economic sectors and rising employment. This is quite surprising news if we consider that in the last year, Italy has had the worst performance in the single-currency area countries. Conversely, the gap between Italy and the rest of Europe has been narrowing: ISTAT reported a 4.4% year-on-year increase in industrial output and unemployment rate has fallen 0.4 percentage points during the second quarter of the year to 11.2%. Currently, Italian GDP is growing at 1.5% a year. That is still a little less than the 2.2%, achieved by the euro zone as a whole.

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