Assembly of European Horticultural Regions

AGRI MEPs renew their commitment to fostering a competitive and resilient European Fruit and Vegetable sector


On the 1st and 2nd of April 2019, the Members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee proceeded to vote on the CAP reform-related reports on Strategic Plans and the Common Market Organisation (CMO), based on the proposals put forward by the European Commission in June 2018. Both reports, which entailed several legislative revisions and adjustments to the Commission’s proposals, were approved by a majority of 27 votes in favour to 17 against, with one abstention (Strategic Plans) and 29 votes in favour to seven against, with one abstention (CMO).

AREFLH welcomes the positive outcome of the votes as the adopted provisions represent an important step towards achieving a more competitive, attractive and resilient fruit and vegetable sector. 

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Simona Caselli and Jean Louis Moulon both re-elected President and Vice-president of AREFLH

moulon caselli 1 500pxOn the 27th of March 2019, the annual meeting of AREFLH, the association of European fruit and vegetable regions and producers, was held in Bordeaux, at the headquarters of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. This year's meeting, coinciding with the end of the mandate of the Regional Minister of the Emilia Romagna Region, which began in 2016, had the objective of renewing all mandates, from the Presidency to the Board of Directors, for a new three-year term.


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AREFLH and AREPO join forces to reaffirm the key role of European regions in CAP implementation and rebuff disproportionate budget cuts

On the 12th of July 2018, AREFLH (Assembly of European Horticultural Regions) organised a meeting of its College of Regions, which was also attended by AREPO (Association of European Regions for Products of Origin) representatives, with the objective of defining a common position vis-à-vis the European Commission’s legislative proposals on the future of the CAP post 2020 and the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period.

Both regional networks expressed their growing concern towards the Commission’s forecasted cuts to the agricultural budget, in particular for the second pillar, which appears to be in full contrast with its objective to achieve sustainable, developed, vibrant and youth-led rural areas. This means that the future CAP is expected to extend its scope and achieve both old and new objectives with a disproportionately reduced budget. This is an unacceptable principle that risks jeopardizing the future of EU agriculture, the common market organisation and rural areas. In AREFLH’s and AREPO’s view, a strong, competitive and sustainable CAP, with common and simple rules across the EU, can only be achieved through a strong agricultural budget.

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Regio’Com : the guide on the European best practices of fruit and vegetable promotion

May 2018

On Friday May 11, AREFLH presented the 4th edition of its Regio'Com guide as part of a conference organised at Macfrut with the support of the Emilia-Romagna region.

In order to fight against the stagnation of fruit and vegetable consumption in Europe, which represents a major challenge for the sector, AREFLH brought light to a number of promotion and healthy food education actions implemented in its regions, thus emphasizing on their richness and diversity.

The Regio'Com guide takes stock of the consumption of fruit and vegetables in Europe and highlights the stakes of promotion, a crucial lever to boost good eating habits in the long run.

The guide also identifies a series of initiatives both at international and local level, with a focus on interprofessional programmes and actions carried out by producer organisations.

Simona Caselli, President of AREFLH, and Renzo Piraccini, President of Macfrut, opened the conference by focusing on the importance of initiatives such as Regio'Com for sharing experiences, best practices and joint programmes between the sector’s stakeholders on the theme of promotion and consumption.

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2018 AREFLH General Assembly: the future of the CAP on the agenda

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March 2018

AREFLH’s general assembly (Assembly of European Horticultural Regions) was held yesterday 28th of March in Brussels. In the presence of distinguished guests such as MEP Herbert Dorfmann and João Onofre from the European Commission, the association put forward its position on the future of the fruit and vegetable sector in the post-2020 CAP.

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Task Force on Fruit and Vegetable research applauds the multi-actor approach, but laments its under-representation

On 23 January 2018, Freshfel Europe (the European Fresh Produce Association) and A.R.E.F.L.H. (the European Assembly of fruit, vegetable and horticulture regions) organised in coordination with the two European university and research centre networks for fruit and vegetable related research, EUFRIN and EUVRIN, a conference on the research priorities for the fruit and vegetable sector for the current Horizon 2020 funding programme and its successor, Framework Programme 9 (FP9).

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EUFRUIT General Assembly

Nov 2017
On 14 November 2017, the EUFRUIT consortium met in Brussels for its yearly General Assembly. EUFRUIT is a multi-layered, thematic network under the Horizon 2020 programme (Project ID: 696337) that aims to bridge the gap between research outcomes and uptake of those results by the sector itself. Already halfway through the project, the consortium members collected a large array of best practices and ongoing research efforts on a public Knowledge Platform at Additionally, the platform offers a set of synthesis reports which reflect the current state of play in research along four thematic areas: performance of new varieties and cultivar developments, minimising residues on fruit and in the environment, improving quality during handling and storage, and enhancing sustainable production systems.

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White Paper on the F&V CMO couverture OCM ENG 72px

Sept 2017

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Peach and nectarines exceptional measures

August 2017

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March 2017

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The APO members of AREFLH support the F&V CMO

Dec 2016

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Le réseau EUFRUIT favorise l'accès à la recherche et l’innovation pour les fruits

Nov 2016

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Sept 2016

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A new management team within AREFLH

June 2016

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Mission in China 

June 2016

A delegation of chestnut producers and processors of France, Spain and Portugal participated to a professional mission to China.

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Creation of a European Partnership for Innovation for fruits and vegetables

Oct 2012

The AREFLH Research and Innovation Committee has just decided to draw up a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for fruit and vegetables. In partnership with Freshfel, the AREFLH will lead the project, which will bring together research, experimentation and transfer centers and organizations representing the sector (production and trade).

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