Freshfel Europe Secretariat

Philippe Binard

General Delegate, overseeing the activities of the Freshfel Europe secretariat. Philippe is responsible for the external representation of the association & is answerable to the Freshfel Europe Board & membership. Philippe is also the Secretary General of WAPA (World Apple and Pear Association) & SHAFFE (Southern Hemisphere Fresh Fruit Exporters), and the General Delegate of the World Citrus Organisation (WCO), which are hosted by Freshfel Europe. 

Eglė Baecke-Eimontaitė

Director Food Quality, following EU legislation on food safety & quality. Eglė covers authorisation of plant protection products, MRLs, biocides, food additives, hygiene marketing standards & food information to consumers. Egle is the Secretary General of ESSA, the European Sprouted Seeds Association, & is also involved in the activities of SHAFFE. 

Nelli Hajdu

Director Trade Policy & Business Development, covering official controls, certification, plant health and customs policy. Nelli also follows digitized controls, customs & trading procedures in relation to economic analysis and strategy building, & is involved in the activities of SHAFFE. 

Nicola Pisano

Director Sustainability & Health and Communications Manager, covering EU policy on sustainability, health & nutrition, & promotion. Nicola coordinates & manages Freshfel Europe’s internal & external communications & is also involved in the activities of SHAFFE, WCO, ESSA and WAPA. 

Natalia Santos-Garcia Bernabe

Director Trade & Market Access, covering EU trade policy & economic diplomacy as well as market access, sanitary & phytosanitary issues, plant health & official controls. Natalia is also involved in the activities of the WCO. 

Gil Kaufman

Policy, Project & Data Advisor, responsible for the management & dissemination of Freshfel Europe’s actions in EU-funded projects, including ‘Follow me to be healthy with Europe!’. Gil is also involved in the activities of WAPA.   

Linda Bloomfield

International membership & marketing support, providing assistance to exporters, importers, producers, retailers & service providers across the fresh produce supply chain who wish to become members of Freshfel Europe. Linda also manages sponsorship sales for the Freshfel Europe Annual Event. 


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