Fruit and Vegetable CMO

Historical of the CMO Reform, the AREFLH’s role

The White Paper on the Fruit and Vegetable CMO

Presented on 5th September 2017 at the European Parliament

Upon invitation from Mr. Dantin and Mr. De Castro, and in the presence of the European Commission, AREFLH presented the White Paper on the fruit and vegetable CMO.

Based on an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, this document highlights the positive impact of the CMO since its creation in 1997.

This event was also  an occasion for certain regions and producer organisations that are members of AREFLH to share their experience in the implementation of operational programmes.

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The Fruit and Vegetable CMO Reform

The Common Markets Organization (CMO), in the fruits and vegetables sector, was reformed and its modalities of application are effective since January 1st, 2008.

The CMO aims to improving the competitiveness of the productive sector, to taking better into account the markets requirements, to reducing the fluctuations in incomes related to the crises, to increasing the consumption and to strengthening the environmental protection.

If the Fruits and Vegetables CMO is an essential tool to the adaptation and to the organization of the production, if it allowed important progress in environmental protection, it does not give the answers adapted to the crisis prevention and management and to the improvement of the competitiveness.

In a context globally unfavourable to the producers investment, very affected by the repeating market crises, the rate of organization stagnates and remains manifestly insufficient (35 % of the European production).

• The AREFLH's propositions

Very early, the AREFLH made propositions of lowering and simplification of the administrative procedures, improvement of the crisis prevention and management device, and more generally, intensification of the CMO attractiveness.

But numerous challenges remain:

  • the competitiveness, in a market more and more competitive and opened to the world offer
  • the adaptation of the production tool, laminated by the market crises
  • the adaptation to the distributors and consumers request, in a power racio very unfavourable to the producers
  • finally, the climate change, the environmental protection and the occupation of the rural territories.

LThe fruits and vegetables sector remains fundamentally related to the fruits and vegetables CMO, as progress tool. But it must be more efficient to give to the producers the means to secure better their incomes and to face the international competition.