Quality product policy for the Outermost Regions
Outermost regions are regions within the EU which are severely handicapped with respect to the mainland by their remoteness and insularity and by difficult geographical and meteorological conditions. They include the French Overseas Departments (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and Martinique), the Azores and Madeira as well as the Canary Islands.
With a view to ensuring greater awareness and consumption of quality agricultural products, whether natural or processed, which are specific to these outermost regions, a graphic symbol (logo) has been introduced in 2006.
The logo enables the consumer to identify and recognise quality agricultural products originating in the outermost regions. The use of the logo is monitored by bodies appointed by the national authorities and the conditions for using it are to be proposed by the trade organisations concerned.
The agricultural products for which the logo may be used shall satisfy requirements defined by reference to Community rules or, in absence of such rules, to international standards or, where necessary, specific requirements shall be adopted in respect of products from the outermost regions on a proposal from the representative trade organisations.
So far, this possibility has been used by producers in the Spanish and French outermost regions (e.g. for pineapples, bananas, melons and other exotic fruits from Guadeloupe, Martinique and la Reunion and for bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables as well as flowers and wine produced in the Canary Islands).
In addition to this provision, the national authorities of France, Spain and Portugal introduced in their respective programmes for agriculture for outermost regions (POSEI = Programmes of specific options for isolation and insularity) specific measures allowing the financial support of quality products that respond to pre-established requirements, in particular in the sectors of wine as well as of livestock and meat production.
These initiatives are not only important in order to motivate producers to respect quality requirements for their products, but they are also essential in order to add value to the local production of regions which are severely handicapped with respect to the mainland by their remoteness and insularity and by difficult geographical and meteorological conditions. In fact, this contributes considerably to make their agricultural sector more competitive both on the local and on the external market.
- Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 March 2013 laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 247/2006
- Commission Regulation 793/2006 lays down certain detailed rules for applying the Council Regulation and contains a technical description of the graphic symbol (logo).