Potatoes for human consumption belong to the most competitive segments of EU agriculture.
In 2007, with the share of 19,3%, the EU-27 was the second largest producer of potatoes in the World (China occupying the first place).
Despite the relative and absolute decline in production observed over the recent years, which was mainly due to structural transformations of the potato sector in the new member states, potatoes for human consumption belong to the most competitive segments of EU agriculture.
The sector shows also a competitive edge in international markets, especially in the sub-sectors of seed potatoes and processed products.
Potatoes for human consumption are not covered by the Single Common Market Organisation, except for the standard rules on state aids.
Detailed information on:
- product characteristics
- potatoes for human consumption from a legal perspective
can be found in the fact-sheet.