Freshfel’s participation in projects
Freshfel, as the association defending the interests of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector at the European and international level, works in close contact with the European institutions, such as the European Commission. In 2014, the European Commission launched the Horizon2020 funding programme to facilitate a more innovation-friendly environment. It is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme so far, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014-2020) to tackle societal challenges, amongst others in the food and agriculture sector.
Several projects that are funded by Horizon2020 are directly or indirectly related to the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Freshfel is currently involved in three projects: EUFRUIT, FRESH-DEMO and Euromix). Freshfel has several commitments in the Horizon2020 projects:
- disseminating the project developments and results to its members and beyond
- assisting the partners in their questions concerning European legislation
- organising conferences and meetings for the project results
Under the different project tabs, you can find more specific information about the projects in which Freshfel is involved.
Apart from direct participation in several projects, Freshfel actively contributes to the placing the interests of the fruit and vegetable sector within the priorities of the European Commission. In 2015, Freshfel, in collaboration with AREFLH and EUVRIN, published the Strategic Innnovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) which highlighted the current challenges of the sector. A new version, in coordination with AREFLH, EUVRIN and EUFRIN, is currently being drafted and will be posted online soon.