DThis is also “an Italian victory”, because since its inauguration in October 2022, the center-right coalition in Rome has “worked with great effort and common sense to take a different path than the previous one in order to increase the production of farmers “To reconcile respect for work and ecological sustainability.”

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta based in Rome.

This is what Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke on Tuesday evening after EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had announced to the Strasbourg Parliament a few hours earlier that the draft law to reduce the use of pesticides in the EU by 50 percent by 2030 was finally off the table. In doing so, the Commission carried out what a clear majority in Strasbourg had already decided in a vote at the end of November – in a rare informal agreement between MPs from the right-wing nationalist, Christian democratic, liberal and social democratic factions.