Social Issues




I am from Sicily. I’ve spent 30 years working as a journalist in my Region, I have explained what it means to live on an island, how important the sea is and the difficulties islanders have to brave.

As a Member of the European Parliament I will continue working this way: taking care of those who live on fishing and tourism, those who have to struggle to move as they face a lack of transports, and protecting the environment and the sea.

Within the European Parliament I am a Member of the Agriculture Committee and of the Committee on Regional Development where I am Rapporteur for the S&D group on the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region and where I plan to push for the development of a Macro-Region for the Mediterranean.

It is an honour and a pleasure to be the Vice-Chair of the Intergroup for Social Issues. I intend to work to improve the working conditions and rights of those who face the sea every day. Traditional jobs, safety, as well as youth-related issues are among the issues to be prioritised.

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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.