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  • 28 OCTOBER 2019
    Brexit update: EU accepts the UK request to postpone Brexit for 3 months

    The EU27 has accepted the request from the UK to postpone Brexit for three months. The new default day is 1st February 2020. However, Brexit can also happen before if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified. In this case Brexit would happen on the first day of the month following the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement (i.e. 1st December 2019 or 1st January 2020). This postponemt was necessary...

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  • 21 OCTOBER 2019
    Brexit update: the UK Parliament postpones the ratification of the Withdrawal Ag...

    Following the deal reached on 17 October between the EU and the UK on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, the UK Parliament was expected to hold a vote on the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement on 19 October. However, the UK Parliament adopted an amendment (i.e. Letwin amendment), postponing de facto the vote on the ratification until the necessary implementing legislation is approved (e.g....

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  • 17 OCTOBER 2019
    Brexit update: deal reached between the EU and the UK, ratification process to start

    The EU and the UK reached a deal on 17 October on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The agreement now needs to be ratified. Should the ratification process succeed in both EU and UK Parliaments, and should there be enough time to pass legislation, the UK would leave the EU in an orderly way on 1st November, with a transition period applying until at least 31st December 2020. This means that if...

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  • 29 APRIL 2019
    SAVE THE DATE: FRUCOM OPEN DISCUSSION AND DINNER, 21st NOVEMBER, HAMBURG

    Save the date: FRUCOM open discussion and dinner will be held on 21st November, in Hamburg, starting at 18.00. Agenda and registration details will follow closer to the date. Contact: Anna Boulova, aboulova@frucom.eu; Juliel Byalugaba, jbyalugaba@frucom.eu.

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  • 8 APRIL 2019
    FRUCOM presentation at the Safe Food California Summit on 4 April

    On 4th April, Romans Vorss was invited to share Europe's perspective on Food Safety to the American public of the Safe Food California Conference:   The passage and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has emphasized the longstanding focus of American regulators on the microbial safety of foods. The view from...

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  • 14 MARCH 2019
    Brexit update: Most of UK import tariffs to be lifted in the event of a no deal ...

    Following the rejection of the Withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament on 12 March, the UK government has published a note detailing its intention to temporarily lift most import tariffs and quotas in the event of a no deal scenario. This means that there would be no tariffs or quotas on imports...

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  • 11 FEBRUARY 2019
    Report: CELCAA delegation meets with Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the EU for Brexit

    On 4 February 2019, CELCAA, the European agri-food trade umbrella organization of which FRUCOM is member, met with Michel Barnier and his team to discuss the impact of Brexit in the agri-food industry. COPA COGEGA (EU farm association) and FoodDrinkEurope (EU food industry association) also participated in the meeting.   Please see below the press release and picture of the meeting. Read more

  • 4 FEBRUARY 2019
    EU Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030: highlights for agriculture, trade and fisheries

    On 30 January, the EU Commission presented a "Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030". We sum up the background, the highlights for agriculture, trade and fisheries, as well as future steps. Background: This Paper forms part of the EU's commitment to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It seeks to steer the discussion on how they can be best achieved. Over...

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  • 4 FEBRUARY 2019
    French authorities update nutrition recommendations, advising to consume everyda...

    The Syndicat National des Fruits Secs/Alliance 7, FRUCOM member in France, has informed about an update of the nutrition recommendations by the French public health agency. It has recommended to consume everyday a small handful of non-salty nuts such as nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios (naturally rich in omega 3). In detail: Santé Publique France (national public health agency)...

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  • 17 DECEMBER 2018
    Season's Greetings from FRUCOM!

    Dear Members of FRUCOM, We hope that 2018 has been a successful year for you and your organisation and we look forward to continuing working with you in 2019! Please note that the FRUCOM office will be closed from 24 December to 1 January included. We will be back with our first newsletter of the New Year on 7 January 2019. In the meantime, we wish you a festive holiday season and a very happy...

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  • 6 AUGUST 2018
    DG MARE consults stakeholders on marketing standard for canned tuna and sardines...

    The EU Commission is consulting stakeholders on the EU marketing standards. DG MARE is particularly interested in the opinion of the professionals, including importers. Please let the secretariat know if FRUCOM should reply to the consultation, by 3rd September. Current EU marketing standards apply to some fresh and chilled products, preserved tuna and bonito and preserved sardines and sardine-like...

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  • 6 AUGUST 2018
    Fishing agreement between EU and Ivory Coast for 5500 tons of tuna and other spe...

    In terms of the new fisheries agreement between the EU and the Ivory Coast, the EU is granted an opportunity to fish up to 5 500 tons of highly migratory species per year, for the period 1 August 2018-2024. 28 tuna seiners and 8 surface longliners are eligible. To access the text of the protocol:  https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2018.194.01.0003.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:194:TOC Contact:...

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  • 3 OCTOBER 2019
    EU-US relations : the WTO authorises the United States to impose tariffs worth 6...

    On 2nd October, the WTO authorized the United States to impose tariffs against EU products at a level of nearly USD 7.5 billion annually (i.e. approximately 6.8 billion EUR) in the context of the Airbus dispute. As reported in the FRUCOM circular of 23 September 2019, the EU was informed that the WTO had accepted the US measures, but the final amount needed to be confirmed by the WTO as the US was...

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  • 18 SEPTEMBER 2019
    President-elect of the European Commission presented her team and priorities for the next 5 years

    On 10 September, President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. Among the candidates for Commissioners, please note: Phil Hogan (Ireland), the incumbent Commissioner for Agriculture, will be in charge in the new Commission of the ‘Trade' portfolio. Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus), a medical psychologist...

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  • 25 JULY 2019
    Western Sahara update: the agreement between the EU and Morocco enters into force

    On 25 July 2019, a note in the Official Journal of the EU was published announcing the entry into force of the agreement between the EU and Morocco to include Western Sahara in the scope of the trade agreement. Please see the note here. Background information: The Free...

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  • 22 JULY 2019
    FRUCOM participates in NDFTA UK event

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  • 21 JUNE 2019
    THE AMFORI CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, 18-19 JUNE 2019

    In keeping with FRUCOM members’ interest in sustainability issues, FRUCOM attended the annual event of amfori. amfori is the trade association focused on trade policies and on social and environmental sustainability certification: amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), amfori BEPI (Business Environmental Performance Initiative) https://www.amfori.org/content/amfori-bsci It...

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  • 17 JUNE 2019
    BREXIT FOOD HUB: a website developed to assist businesses in preparing for a no-deal Brexit

    The Brexit food hub is contingency planning website developed to assist businesses in preparing for a no-deal Brexit. The website provides quick links to a wide range of official advice and to the expertise of the various UK Food and Agriculture partner organisations. Please see the website here : https://brexitfoodhub.co.uk/  Contact : Daniel Pérez...

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  • 27 MAY 2019
    FRUCOM attends Civil Society Dialogue on trade updates and sustainability with C...

    On 24 May, Cecilia Malmström, the EU Commissioner for Trade, hosted a Civil Dialogue group about trade and sustainability. On the trade aspect, the main ideas presented by C. Malmström were: The result of the Commission on trade agreements: during this mandate coming to an end on 31st October, the European Commission negotiated and concluded various Free Trade Agreements (e.g. with Japan,...

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  • 13 MAY 2019
    Seafood Expo Brussels 2019: FRUCOM reports

    FRUCOM was present at the Seafood Expo Brussels and attended several meetings and events on 7, 8 and 9 May. It included the launch event by DG MARE on the details of the future electronic system of catch certificates, presentation by Indonesia on the new sustainable tuna brand, presentation by Thailand on achievements in fight against IUU fishing and in defence of human rights, the SIPA Board, WWF...

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  • 8 APRIL 2019
    FRUCOM presentation at the Safe Food California Conference in Monterey

    On 4th April, Romans Vorss was invited to present Europe's perspective on food safety at the Safe Food California Conference. In his presentation, Romans spoke about European requirements regarding mycotoxins and pesticides, including the latest developments on biocides and food packaging material. The aim of his presentation was to inform Californian producers of existing and emerging food safety...

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  • 25 MARCH 2019
    FRUCOM open discussion 22 March on sustainability

    On 22nd march, FRUCOM members held a discussion on sustainability. Over 60 participants from Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the USA, representatives of the European Commission and of the diplomatic missions took part. The programme included an introduction from FRUCOM Secretary General on the EU reflexion paper "Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030":  Read more

  • 25 MARCH 2019
    CELCAA trade conference 21 March: press release and manifesto now available

    CELCAA trade conference was held in Brussels on 21st March 2019. Agriculture Commissioner Philip Hogan noted the “…unsurpassed safety and quality of our products has made us the leading trader of high quality food and drink products in the world.” His Commission colleague, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stressed “Agri-food trade is growing – and the EU’s...

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  • 15 MARCH 2019
    BREXIT UPDATE: MOST OF UK IMPORT TARIFFS TO BE LIFTED IN THE EVENT OF A NO DEAL ...

    Following the rejection of the Withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament on 12 March, the UK government has published a note detailing its intention to temporarily lift most import tariffs and quotas in the event of a no deal scenario. This means that there would be no tariffs or quotas on imports...

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  • 12 FEBRUARY 2019
    CELCAA delegation meets with Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the EU for Brexit

    On 4 February 2019, CELCAA, the European agri-food trade umbrella organization of which FRUCOM is member, met with Michel Barnier and his team to discuss the impact of Brexit in the agri-food industry. COPA COGEGA (EU farm association) and FoodDrinkEurope (EU food industry association) also participated in the meeting. Please see below the press release and picture of the meeting. Read more

  • 4 FEBRUARY 2019
    French authorities update nutrition recommendations, advising to consume everyda...

    The Syndicat National des Fruits Secs/Alliance 7, FRUCOM member in France, has informed about an update of the nutrition recommendations by the French public health agency. It has recommended to consume everyday a small handful of non-salty nuts such as nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios (naturally rich in omega 3). In detail: Santé Publique France (national public health agency)...

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  • 16 JANUARY 2019
    The European Parliament votes in favour of extending trade preferences to Western Sahara

    On 16 January 2019 the European Parliament approved the agreement between the EU and Morocco to extend trade preferences to products from Western Sahara. Please see here the press release from the European Parliament. The next step in the ratification from the EU is...

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  • 26 NOVEMBER 2018
    Annual FRUCOM Meeting in Hamburg on 22-23 November

    On 22-23 November, the FRUCOM team organised our annual meeting in Hamburg to discuss delivered service and future strategy with our members. Current work on trade and food safety is very important and valued, sustainability is high on agenda for our members. FRUCOM also delivered a presentation to the European Trade Meeting: a regulatory update from Brussels and practical consequences of Brexit for...

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  • 29 OCTOBER 2018
    Annual EU-Turkey hazelnut meeting summary and key data

    On 26 October the annual EU-Turkey consultation took place. On agenda: production, consumption, trade and prices; policy developments and aflatoxin controls. Main figures presented by the EU Commission, Turkey, Italy, Spain and France below:

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  • 8 OCTOBER 2018
    FRUCOM trip to California

    We started the trip by the Almond Board of California Industry Overview Presentation in the ABC headquarters in Modesto, which also served as an opportunity to go over topical trade and technical issues. This was followed by a field tour to the orchard to witness almond harvest, huller/sheller and a processing facility, and a meeting with a trader (Terra Nova Trading) to discuss US trade with the EU. Further,...

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  • 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
    FRUCOM meeting with USDA Undersecretary McKinney

    On 5 September FRUCOM  participates in a meeting with USDA Undersecretary McKinney and the US Mission to the EU to discuss EU-US trade in FRUCOM products.  

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  • 25 JUNE 2018
    FRUCOM attends hearing on sustainable tuna fisheries in European Parliament

    On 21st June, FRUCOM attended public hearing in the European Parliament on sustainable tuna fisheries.

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  • 4 JUNE 2018
    FRUCOM speaks at annual event of French Syndicat National des Fruits Secs Read more
  • 23 MAY 2018
    FRUCOM meets members at INC

    Anna Boulova, FRUCOM Secretary General participates in the INC Nut and Dried Fruit Congress and meets FRUCOM members, thanks to sponsorship of SACAR. Contact: info@frucom.eu  

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  • 14 MAY 2018
    FRUCOM attends TNA Annual Meeting

    On 11th May, FRUCOM President Mr. Thomas Haas-Rickertsen and the secretariat participated in the Annual General Meeting of The Nut Association. The meeting was attended by over 100 delegates. Some NDFTA (the UK Dried Fruit Association) members were also present.

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  • 30 APRIL 2018
    Project funding: FRUCOM meets with Standards and Trade Development Facility of W...

    Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of WTO aims at supporting farmers, processors and traders in developing countries to access global markets: http://www.standardsfacility.org/

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  • 27 APRIL 2018
    Conference on almonds and hazelnuts of Almendrave, Reus, Spain, 24th April 2018 Read more
  • 16 APRIL 2018
    Team updates International Peanut Forum on CODEX and EU legislation

    Last week, Anna Boulova and Romans Vorss participated at the International Peanut Forum. The International Peanut Forum is a great networking and conference event held every two years. This year, it was held in Athens, Greece. It was an ideal opportunity for Anna and Romans to network with different players in the supply chain, farmers, shellers, exporters, brokers, testing laboratories, and other...

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  • 16 APRIL 2018
    FRUCOM General Assembly conclusions

    On 10-11th April, FRUCOM held its General Assembly and an open discussion to which all members were invited. Ms. Helene Deruwe presented the experience of FRESHFEL, EU Fresh Produce Association dealing with EU funded programmes to answer the question if research helps meeting food safety challenges. FRUCOM members approved the start of the research projects.

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  • 19 MARCH 2018
    SUCCESSFUL FRUCOM TRAINING ON EU POLICY MAKING

    On 14th March 2018, FRUCOM held its first training on EU Policy Making. During the program participants had the opportunity to grow their network in Brussels and discuss about the rules of the EU decision-making process with professionals holding a prominent position in EU affairs in agrifood trade or industry.

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  • 19 MARCH 2018
    FRUCOM attends CODEX meeting on contaminants

    Romans Vorss participated in the CODEX meeting on contaminants which took place in Utrecht on 12-16 March. It was a great opportunity to follow discussions on aflatoxins, lead and methylmercury. All the documents from that meeting are available on the CODEX website.

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  • 19 MARCH 2018
    DG MARE updates on IUU fishing

    This update was presented by DG MARE at the recent meeting of Long Distance Fleet Advisory Council which FRUCOM attanded. It concerns among others Thailand, Vietnam, Mauritius, Maldives, Malaysia, Ghana, the Philippines etc. The report is available in members' area.

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  • 3 APRIL 2018
    FRUCOM General Assembly on 10-11 April 2018

    Full members of FRUCOM are invited to the joint FRUCOM Board and General Assembly meetings on Tuesday 10 April. All members will convene in the evening for the Annual FRUCOM Dinner. An Open Discussion for all members and stakeholders will be organised on Wednesday 11 April. Click here to see the the joint FRUCOM...

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  • 21 MARCH 2017
    Successful FRUCOM General Assembly 2017

    On 9th March, FRUCOM held its 2017 General Assembly in Brussels. It was a well-attended event with more than 50 members and guests present during the open session. FRUCOM organized a discussion on the European Union trade policy, with speakers Mr. Joachim Schuster, member of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament and Mr. John Clarke, who has been chief EU negotiator for agrifood...

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