New rules for the application of the common organisation of agricultural market (CMO) in respect of the fruit and vegetables sectors

New rules for the application of the common organisation of agricultural market (CMO) in respect of the fruit and vegetables sectors

Today the new rules for the application of the common organisation of agricultural market (CMO) in respect of the fruit and vegetables sectors were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU). Amongst other objectives, the new rules aim at increasing the attractivity of Producer Organisations in the fruit and vegetable sector, simplifying and clarifying the legislation with regards to transnational producer organisations and their associations, and increase in the support available to the fruit and vegetable sector for market withdrawals.

 The new rules will enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication, on 1st June 2017.

- Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/891 of 13 March 2017 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors and supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to penalties to be applied in those sectors and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2011. ( here)

 The Delegated Regulation lays down provisions encouraging the recognition of producer organisations and their associations in order to strengthen the bargaining power of fruit and vegetables producers and to foster a fairer distribution of added value along the supply chain.

 Regarding the crisis management and prevention measures, the Delegated Regulation increases withdrawal prices, from 30% to 40% of the average EU market price over the last five years for free distribution (so-called charity withdrawals) and from 20% to 30% for withdrawals destined for other purposes (such as compost, animal feed, distillation, etc.).

- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/892 of 13 March 2017 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors. ( here)

The Implementing Regulation lays down provisions establishing the structure and content of the national strategy for sustainable operational programmes and the national framework for environmental actions, in order to optimise the allocation of financial resources and to improve the quality of the strategy.