Monitoring and Advocacy
In order to follow EU regulatory and policy developments relevant to FRUCOM members, the FRUCOM secretariat engages daily in monitoring activities and regular exchange of information with a wide range of actors and players. The main objective of these monitoring activities is ultimately to identify as early as possible in the EU decision-making process any potential issues that might affect FRUCOM members’ interests. Once these issues have been identified, FRUCOM might decide to initiate further lobbying activities directed towards the European institutions and other key players in Brussels and elsewhere.
- Regular contacts with the DGs of the European Commission of interest to FRUCOM: The FRUCOM secretariat maintains regular contacts and a productive exchange of information with officials in charge of relevant dossiers in DG Agriculture, DG SANCO, DG Trade, DG MARE and DG TAXUD. These contacts have proved very useful many instances, especially in terms of quickly finding out new information and, on several occasions, solving practical problems for FRUCOM members. Overall, this permanent link with European Commission officials is very successful in ensuring that the concerns and interests of FRUCOM members are known and heard.
- Regular contacts with FRUCOM members: An active co-operation between the FRUCOM secretariat and FRUCOM national members is very important to ensure identification of issues as they arise and to launch, when necessary, co-ordinated actions both at European and national levels, which have proved successful on many occasions in the past years. The FRUCOM secretariat often calls for inputs, data and support from FRUCOM members.
- Contact and co-operation with other EU and international sectoral organisations: The FRUCOM secretariat is regularly in contact and exchanges information with a network of sister organisations dealing with agricultural and trade matters: CELCAA, Eurocommerce, Freshfel, PROFEL, ESA, Caobisco and Copa-Cogeca. In the field of edible nuts and dried fruit, FRUCOM continues to enjoy a close relationship with the INC. An active cooperation, exchange of information and coordination of activities takes place between the two organisations.