Euro-Mediterranean Policy

The euro-mediterranean policy, The AREFLH's role

The AREFLH and the euro-mediterranean policy

The producing countries of fruits and vegetables are at once redoubtable competitors, benefiting from a cheap workforce, and a commercial opportunity for certain productions such as the apple, the dried plum...
But in a European market always in fragile balance, any overlapping in the calendars of production is source of difficulties and price decline.

That is why the AREFLH took the initiative to gather producers' organizations of both shores of the Mediterranean Sea to set up a production and market observatory, based on an information exchange on the potential of productions and their calendars.
The AREFLH is exclusively situated on an exchange of experiences and information, and, in frame of the Euro-Mediterranean Committee of Concertation, has for objective to favor the production complementarities for an optimized supply of the international market.

• The Euro-mediterranean Committe of Concertation for fruit and vegetables

So, it seemed convenient and useful to gather around a table the most representative professional organizations for the European fruits and vegetables productions within the AREFLH and for the producing countries of the Maghreb and the Mashrek.

This dialogue concerns the following points:

  • information about the productions of regions and producing countries of fruits and vegetables (productions, calendars, development programs, quality and origin policies);
  • analysis of the markets and their potentiality of development;
  • study of the production calendars;
  • research for complementarity;
  • exchanges on the marketing campaign situation and the risks of crisis;
  • exchanges on the possible technical and economic cooperations.

At the base of the committee's creation
If Europe would like to be able to press on the international scene, it cannot ignore the Mediterranean Basin. The strategic interdependence between Europe and the Mediterranean Sea became such that the evidence of privileged partnerships is imperative. It is by the cooperation pioneer with the other Mediterranean countries that Europe will be able to play a role in the globalization, by investigating a future of co-sustainable development where the human, social and environmental variables would be also determining as the economic and political constituents.

The pluri-dimensionality of the agricultural and rural issue in the Mediterranean Sea militates so that is engaged a euro-Mediterranean mobilization on this subject. The agriculture is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean identity and displays as an essential determiner for the companies of the region. A convergence of actions in this domain could develop close and mobilizing cooperations because united, human and mutually profitable in both shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Consult the Report of Walter SCHMIEDT, Switzerland, Alliance  of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Environmental, Agricultural and Territorial issue Commission, on June 8th, 2007.

For futher information
pps Production and exchanges in the mediterranean bassin (document in french)

Document presented by Mr Luciano TRENTINI, AREFLH's President during the Congress of the  National Federation of French Vegetables Producers in Perpignan, on October 20th,  2006.