FruitVegetablesEUROPE welcomes the exceptional measures approved by the European Commission to support the fruit and vegetable sector after the pandemic

“The measures taken are an important breakthrough in supporting a sector that has ensured food security for the entire European Union during the crisis.”

The coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted the European fruit and vegetable sector. Since its beginning, production costs have increased, and the demand and availability of labour force have been disrupted. Although European producers have suffered high economic losses, they have ensured the food supply, guaranteeing the maintenance of the food chain to “put food on our tables.”


To address the market failures caused by COVID-19, the European Commission has adopted this week an additional set of exceptional measures to support fruit and vegetable producers. FruitvegetablesEUROPE welcomes these actions as they increase the flexibility of the sectoral programmes and allow producers to keep part of the EU funding.

Benefit from an increase from 50% to 70% of the European Union’s contribution for programmes operated by producer organisations

The measures approved by the Commission enable the fruit and vegetable sector to:

Extend the annual fruit and vegetable school scheme until 30 September 2020 to compensate for the period when schools were closed. In addition, the rules on the Commission’s reallocation of the EU budget for the next school year will not take into account budget execution in the 2019/2020 school year.

Increase flexibility for producer organisations and the implementation of their operational programmes for 2020. For example, the implementation of operational programmes for 2020 may be suspended or adapted, and some administrative sanctions may be relaxed

The approved measures respond to the sector’s demands made since the beginning of the crisis. In April, the European Fruit and Vegetable Association asked the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski, to temporarily derogate Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, applicable to fruit and vegetable producer organisations, to give them more flexibility in the implementation of operational programmes.
FruitvegetablesEUROPE believes that the actions taken will improve the approved budgets, making adjustments more flexible and allowing for the inclusion of certain costs that producers will not be able to meet as a result of the pandemic. Similarly, it is worth recalling that appropriate measures must be adopted and implemented until the social and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

To address the market failures caused by COVID-19, the European Commission has adopted this week an additional set of exceptional measures to support fruit and vegetable producers. FruitvegetablesEUROPE welcomes these actions as they increase the flexibility of the sectoral programmes and allow producers to keep part of the EU funding.

FruitvegetablesEUROPE, as the main EU sectoral association representing European fruit and vegetable producers, will continue to work with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to obtain measures adapted to the reality of COVID-19 and to alleviate its negative impact on the fruit and vegetable sector.

“The measures taken are an important breakthrough in supporting a sector that has ensured food security for the entire European Union during the crisis.”

Juan Marín

FruitVegetablesEUROPE president

“The coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted the European fruit and vegetable sector. Since its beginning, production costs have increased, and the demand and availability of labour force have been disrupted. Although European producers have suffered high economic losses, they have ensured the food supply, guaranteeing the maintenance of the food chain to “put food on our tables”.

Alba Ridao-Bouloumié

Secretaria General de FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL)

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