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Eucofel and PROEXPORT call on European Commission to facilitate transport of fruit and vegetables by road

Eucofel and PROEXPORT call on European Commission to facilitate transport of fruit and vegetables by road

Coordination at the community level will make it possible to guarantee the return of trucks, necessary to meet the supply of perishables

 

The president of FruitVegetablesEUROPE (Eucofel), and of PROEXPORT (Association of Producers-Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables of the Region of Murcia), Juan Marín Bravo, has expressed his profound concern about the negative impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on the road transport of perishable food, particularly on fresh fruits and vegetables.

In a letter sent to the EU on 19th March, Marín calls for the application of Article 14.2 of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on driving times, breaks and rest periods for drivers engaged in the freight transport by road, in order to harmonise the conditions of competition between the modes of land transport.

This article states: “In urgent cases, Member States may grant a temporary exception for a period not exceeding 30 days, which shall be notified immediately to the Commission.” In this way, Member States can deal with situations that present exceptional and sudden circumstances that are inevitable and cannot be foreseen, in which it is unexpectedly impossible to apply the provisions of the Regulation in its entirety for a short period of time.

As Marín details in the letter sent to the European Commission, “the effects caused by the spread of Covid-19 constitute these exceptional circumstances, which are having an impact on mobility and transport in the EU.”

For this reason, the President of the Commission is requested to transfer measures contemplated in the resolution of March 16, 2020 from the Government of Spain to the EU as a whole, and provide the following:

  1. Temporarily exempt the operations of transport of goods affected by these circumstances of compliance with the rules established in articles 6.1 and 8.6 of Regulation No. 561/2006.
  2. The exceptions provided in the first section will apply to drivers who carry out cargo operations throughout the national territory (Spain). These exemptions will be applicable from March 14, 2020 to March 28, 2020, both included.

In this sense, FruitVegetablesEUROPE has requested that the EU and the Member States also apply Article 14.2, as the Spanish Government has done, and also take exceptional measures to ensure that perishable food continues to flow in the EU internal market, “as it is the only way to prevent a shortage of fresh food, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables in the EU.” Only with the coordination of these measures at the European level will it be possible to organise the vehicle returns necessary to guarantee circulation throughout the Community territory.

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FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

The European F&V association wisely postponed their General Assembly and will be “Looking forward to the future: Europe, promotion, Trade & Green Deal” will be the morning debate after the general assembly and the presentation of the amazing first year (2019) achievement of the “Cultivating the Taste of Europe” consumer campaign leaded by the association. The afternoon sessions with start with a presentation of CUTE’s first Eurobarometer aimed to measure “European’s attitudes towards fruit and vegetables from Europe”. CuTE’s EU survey is the first EU study about perception of fruits and vegetables methods production. It was designed to provide clear insights on consumer’s views and match their concerns. Countries monitored are France, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain. The final workshop panel will debate on the “EU production model: what future for the EU fruit & vegetables sector?”

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EUCOFEL launches Eurotour to promote European produce

EUCOFEL launches Eurotour to promote European produce

 

EUCOFEL has launched a new tour to promote the taste of Europe. The Eurotour is an opportunity to discover the campaign group’s mobile greenhouse as it travels across Europe. Stating in Brussels, it will visit different cities in France, Germany and Spain to show the public the European production model of fresh fruit and vegetables. The event kicks off on 11th September at 10.30 with a press conference in the European Parliament in Brussels, followed by a networking lunch.

To register, contact: cute@eucofel.eu

Under the banner CuTE (Cultivating the Taste of Europe), the programme targets 11 specific fruit and vegetables in need of strategic promotional support: strawberry, apple, watermelon, melon, table grape, kiwi, tomato, cucumber, sweet pepper, aubergine and courgette. The CuTE campaign brings together a strong consortium consisting of an EU Association, and 8 national fruit and vegetable associations from France, Greece, Poland and Spain. All partners share common interests and common global challenges. The programme aims to increase awareness of the specific features of EU fruit and vegetable production methods (greenhouse, open-air) and the characteristics of EU produce. The potential audience includes parents of young families, children and adolescents, and opinion leaders. CuTE has a global programme strategy that is very social, smart and close to the people, with a real interaction between target audience and the different production methods, products and varieties. It involves a digital-first approach, including a website, social media channels, digital and radio advertising, public outreach events and media relations actions.

 

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EUCOFEL launches CuTE to promote European produce

EUCOFEL has launched a new campaign to promote the taste of Europe. Under the banner CuTE (Cultivating the Taste of Europe), the programme targets 11 specific fruit and vegetables in need of strategic promotional support: strawberry, apple, watermelon, melon, table grape, kiwi, tomato, cucumber, sweet pepper, aubergine and courgette. The CuTE campaign brings together a strong consortium consisting of an EU Association, and 8 national fruit and vegetable associations from France, Greece, Poland and Spain. All partners share common interests and common global challenges. The programme aims to increase awareness of the specific features of EU fruit and vegetable production methods (greenhouse, open-air) and the characteristics of EU produce. The potential audience includes parents of young families, children and adolescents, and opinion leaders. CuTE has a global programme strategy that is very social, smart and close to the people, with a real interaction between target audience and the different production methods, products and varieties. It involves a digital-first approach, including a website, social media channels, digital and radio advertising, public outreach events and media relations actions.

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European producers mobilise to defend European Agriculture

European producers mobilise to defend European Agriculture

On Thursday 23 May 2019, FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL) met in Brussels with other European and national associations in the agricultural sector to discuss how to address concerns about the EU’s trade policy. At the meeting, the “Alliance for the Defence of European Agriculture” (ADEA) was formed.

The Alliance is pro-European and calls for support from the newly elected MEPs to defend and promote European farmers and products, and ensure a level-playing field in trade agreements with third countries.

FruitVegetablesEUROPE’s President, Juan Marín, said: “The Alliance wants greater determination from the EU institutions to insist that all imports of agri-food products meet exactly the same standards imposed on European producers.”

In addition to these food-safety requirements, there needs to be more focus on the environmental and social sustainability criteria when negotiating trade agreements with third countries.

The Alliance collectively demands that:

–                 European agriculture is not undermined in trade agreements with third countries;

–                 Imported products respect the same production standards as those imposed on European producers, both in conventional and organic farming;

–                 European consumers have access to transparent information regarding the differences between EU production models and those of third countries;

–                 European consumers understand and support the social and cultural aspects of the EU farming.

The Alliance is open to all sectors willing to defend the EU agriculture.

The founding members of the Alliance are:

  • FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL)
  • FEPEX – Spanish Federation of fruit and vegetables producers & exporters (Spain)
  • CGC – Spanish Citrus Management Committee (Spain)
  • APROA – Association of Producer Organisations of Fruit and Vegetables of Andalusia (Spain)
  • UGPBAN – French Banana sector (France)
  • ASPROCAN – Spanish Banana sector (Spain)
  • GESBA – Portuguese Banana sector (Portugal)   APEB – European Banana Association (EU)
  • ANPCA- Spanish Garlic producers and traders (Spain
  • KZGPOiW- Polish national Association of fruit and vegetables producer groups (Poland)
  • AOPn Tomato & Cucumber from France (France)
  • INCOFRUIT Hellas (Greece)
  • The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (Ireland)
  • The European Sugar Manufacturer’s Association (EU)
  • The European Beet Growers (EU)