Agriculture and rural development

Fruit and vegetables: The 2007 reform

Fruit and vegetables: The 2007 reform

Fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables: The 2007 reform

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


2007 reform - details
Fruit and vegetables before 2007