That first meeting in Madrid received the support of the Spanish administration and it served to address sectoral aspects, such as the improvement of the Common Market Organization, which was then specific to fruit and vegetables and which would later be integrated into the single CMO.
Within the framework of the Committee, specific contact groups have been established for individual products, in which the situation of the markets, problems and other issues of common interest are analysed. The conclusions of the specific groups are transferred to the plenary of the Joint Committee, which formalises the decisions on joint agreements or initiatives to be adopted.
Along with the tomato and strawberry contact groups, which were the first ones to be set up, there are now also garlic, peach-nectarine, pear and apple groups, and since recently, a citrus one has also been created. Moreover, there are also contact groups with a transversal nature, such as the one devoted to Plant Health. The Committee has also been the framework for the development of joint parallel activities.
The Spanish part of the Joint Spanish-French-Italian Committee for fruit and vegetables consists of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, agricultural organizations, Cooperatives Agroalimentarias and FEPEX.