The 'Fruit and Vegetables' Advisory Group comprises representatives of the European fruit and vegetables sector: producers and traders, the processing industry, environmentalists, consumers and organic farmers.
Special meeting on 23 November 2007
As a further step in the consultation process, a special meeting of the 'Fruit and Vegetables' Advisory Group was held in Brussels on 23 November 2007. The agenda included presentations by three experts on the background to School Fruit Schemes in Europe and their implementation. The main item on the agenda was the presentation of the draft 'policy options' paper prepared by the Inter-service Steering Group, which was followed by a lively discussion. The aim of the meeting was a two-way exchange of information between the Commission and sector stakeholders.
For a broader look at School Fruit Schemes, three experts from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Italy provided scientific background on the problem of obesity, as well as presenting case studies showing different models for successful School Fruit Schemes and the possible added value of European action.
The three interventions addressed the two central questions:
1. What value can be added by action at European level?
2. And, why should agricultural policy be the driving force behind a possible European School Fruit Scheme?
The agenda included presentations by three experts on the background to School Fruit Schemes in Europe and their implementation:
- Orientamento dei consumi ed educazione alimentare: una strada da percorrere
- Danish School Fruit Scheme - a national pilot
- School fruit and vegetable schemes: an international review of effectiveness
The main point on the day's agenda was the presentation of the draft 'policy options' drawn up by the members of the Inter-Service Steering Group (ISG) These options, which will form the core element of the Impact Assessment, were presented for discussion with the sector.
All sector stakeholders clearly expressed their support for a School Fruit Scheme at European level. They asked for a simple approach, involving provision of produce to schools, with flexible measures and a substantial budget, to be implemented as soon as possible.
Meeting on 10 February 2009
In the run up to the preparation of Commission Implementing Rules to the School Fruit Scheme, a half day was dedicated to this topic during the Advisory group on Fruit and Vegetable on 10th February 2009. During the meeting several experts have provided input as regards the reporting and control obligations, accompanying measures and evaluation.