The CAP post 2021 and Unfair Trading Practices in the food supply chain
EUCOFEL defends the preservation of the specific regime for the fruit and vegetables sector in framework of the future CAP with the purpose of reinforcing the sustainability and the competitiveness of the sector, as well as a fairer and more balanced food supply chain.
On 28th and 29th June, EUCOFEL (the EU Producers and Exporters) held two days of meetings with representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission.
EUCOFEL’s delegation, headed by its president Juan Marin Bravo, defended before French and Spanish Members of the European Parliament the preservation of the specific regime for the fruit and vegetables sector in the future CAP, as well as a fairer and more balanced food supply chain ensuring fair prices for producers and reinforcing producers’ bargaining power across the chain.
First of all, EUCOFEL addressed the Commission proposal to the EuropeanParliament and the Council that will regulate the strategic plans of the CAP. The proposal basically maintains the current levels of EU aid to the operational programmes.
EUCOFEL considered that these percentage must be improved since the operational programmes have demonstrated to be the most effective measure to maintain the competitiveness and resilience of the fruit and vegetables agricultural holdings, while they represent a small part of the CAP’s budget (50% co-financed by thesector). EUCOFEL defended the need of maintaining the effectiveness of some measures and to improve others. Other two important aspects that were also discussed were the exemptions to the competition rules and their application to the fruit and vegetables sector and the viability of the environmental(20%) and the mitigation of the climate change measures (5%) proposed by the European Commission.
Secondly, EUCOFEL addressed the food supply chain and the Commission’s proposal for a directive. EUCOFEL considered essential to have an EU regulation that strengthens producers’ bargaining power across the food supply chain. Therefore, the scope of the application of the directive should remain comprehensive, involving all operators across the chain (including the imports).
EUCOFEL’s delegation also met with European Commission representatives in charge of the fruit and vegetables sector and the governance of the agri-food markets. Commission representatives were receptive and took note of the sector’s requests.
Besides the future of the CAP, the food supply chain and the producers organizations and their associations, important dossiers were also addressed like there vision of the system for import licenses (TRQ) for garlic in the EU (key topic for the European garlic sector) and the plant health regulation, especially the list of high risk plants (key topic for the European citrus sector). Citrus fruits originating from some third countries (e.g. South Africa, Uruguay,etc.) present a pest risk of an unacceptable level for the EU territory. For this reason, citrus fruits should be included in the list of high risk plants (precautionary principle).
In terms of calendar, after different meetings held with representatives from the European institutions, it is clear that positions are very divergent and that it will be very difficult to have a substantial CAP reform in only 9 months. Regarding the proposal for a directive on the food supply chain the European Parliament is committed to finishing the legislative procedure before the EU elections of May 2019.
EUCOFEL appreciated the meetings and is grateful for the support offered by the Members of the European Parliament (Clara Aguilera, Angélique Delahaye, Michel Dantin and Ramón Luis Valcárcel) to the European Fruit and Vegetables sector.
EUCOFEL will continue defending the interests of the sector to obtain: “a fairer, simpler, competitive, market oriented and targeted CAP for the future” and “ a fairer and more balanced food supply chain ensuring fair prices for producers and reinforcing producers’ bargaining power across the chain”.
EUCOFEL delegation was composed by J. Marín Bravo (PROEXPORT), J. Brotóns (President FEPEX), I.Sanfeliu (Director Citrus fruits Management Committee ), L.F Rubio (Director ANPCA), J.M. Pozancos (General director FEPEX) and A.Ridao-Bouloumié (Secretary General EUCOFEL).
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