Freshfel Europe’s participation in projects
Freshfel Europe, as the association defending the interests of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector at both European and international level, works in close contact with the European institutions, such as the European Commission. This includes both Research and Innovation and promotion-related projects.
Under the different project tabs, you can find more specific information about the projects in which Freshfel Europe is involved.
With its participation in EU-funded projects, Freshfel Europe commits to:
- 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.
In the framework of the 2018-2021 European Commission Promotion Programme, Freshfel Europe contributes to projects that are directly or indirectly related to the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. In cooperation with Aprifel, Freshfel Europe is currently involved in the project ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe!‘ which aims to to promote the supply and consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in Europe among young European adults aged between 18 to 30 years old.
Apart from direct participation in projects, Freshfel Europe actively contributes to highlighting the priorities for fruit and vegetable research and innovation in the sector towards the European institutions. In 2016, Freshfel Europe, in collaboration with AREFLH and EUVRIN, published an update of the Strategic Innnovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) which highlight the current challenges of the sector. In September 2019, the four organisations published a foreward looking ‘Vision Document for the fruit and vegetable research in Europe‘ that serves as input in the discussions about Horizon Europe, the EU’s future framework programme for Research and Innovation.
Freshfel Europe believes that both Research and Innovation and promotion opportunities are essential for the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Recently, Freshfel Europe published its priorities document ‘Fresh Fruit & Vegetables for Europe’s Future: Freshfel Europe’s Priorities for the EU Institutions 2019-2024’, which outlines how policy makers can better position the fresh fruit and vegetable sector to achieve a forward-thinking coherent policy that will future-proof our planet and meet consumers’ expectations now and into 2030.