New rules have been in place for fruit and vegetables since 1 January 2008.
They are designed to make the sector more competitive and market-oriented, reduce income fluctuations from crises, promote consumption (better public health) and enhance environmental safeguards.
Main points of 2007 reform
- scheme is more flexible and adapted to local conditions
- growers are encouraged to join producer organisations (POs)
- POs now have wider range of crisis prevention and management tools
- POs and farmers given incentives to cooperate beyond national borders
- POs required to include a minimum level of environmental spending under operational programmes
- fruit and vegetables now part of Single Payment Scheme
- processing aids are totally decoupled by 2013
- more EU funding for promotion and organic production
- export subsidies are abolished