I know that food organisations, and especially the Food Banks, see an increasing number of people queuing which are not anymore, the usual target group of the statistically relevant at risk of poverty and social exclusion, but it’s really standard population. And this is obviously worrisome, and this is where in fact, food donations come about as an important action for which we are proud of, and which need to continue to support in the upcoming programming period for the years 2021 – 2027.

Loris Di Pietrantonio

Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Loris Di Pietrantonio is Head of Unit for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Policy and Legislation at the European Commission. He was previously Deputy Head of the Unit dealing with employment and social aspects of the European economic governance, focusing on economic policy coordination through the European Semester cycle as well as the design and implementation of employment policies. In the past, he was also involved with the design of policies, evaluations and impact assessments in the areas of information technologies addressing societal challenges and digital inclusion. Before joining the European Commission in 2004, he worked in the business sector, establishing research and innovation strategies for the sustainable transport industry. He has a Master’s in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, a Master’s in Energy Management from BI Norwegian School of Management and ESCP-Europe (France) and a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste.