PRESS RELEASE - 04/04/2022
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After several online meetings and a face-to face meeting in Piedmont in November, Producer Organisations and research centres representing the 3 main hazelnut producing countries in Europe (Italy, France and Spain) decided to create the Group Corylus Europae.
The group represents almost 80% of European hazelnut production and has set itself the following goals
The aim of such an initiative is to guarantee our food sovereignty and no longer depend on imports for 80% of the European market. When Europe produces between 50 and 150,000 tonnes of hazelnuts, it imports 500,000 tonnes each year, mainly from Turkey. This objective can be achieved while developing a sustainable and quality production of hazelnuts, perfectly traced, healthy, safe and respectful of the environment.
In a letter addressed to the European Commission, the Corylus Europae Group warns of the main difficulties encountered by the European sector with protection against pests (balanin and Asian bugs in particular).
Concrete proposals are made and the Group calls on the Commission and the Member States :
The effects of climate change (drought and heat stress, increased pests, tree imbalance, etc.) also threaten European hazelnut production.
Finally, in its letter the group underlines that European hazelnut production, which has one of the best levels in the world from the point of view of health and the environment, is also one of the most fragile.
The Corylus Europae Group will meet several times a year to discuss common issues in the European hazelnut sector. The Assembly of European Horticultural Regions (AREFLH) is in charge of its coordination.