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Spain: FEPEX meeting to analyse challenges for 2018

Representatives of the 31 associations integrated under FEPEX met last week in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, to analyse the challenges for 2018, with online consumption and sectoral marketing among the main topics. The event was closed by the president of the Government of Extremadura, Guillermo González Vara.

The post-2020 CAP reform process will be of strategic importance for the sector, and will be conditioned by the budget available for it as a result of Brexit and the revision of the multi-annual financial framework for the 2020-2027 period. The publication of the first legislative proposals for the reform is expected by the middle of the year, with two possible scenarios: approval of the new PAC before the 2019 parliamentary elections or approval by the next European Parliament, Council and European Commission.

The draft Regulations for the application of the CAP from 2020 onwards can lead to substantial changes in the main measures in force, mainly in the areas of direct payments and the Common Organization of Markets. This, in turn, affects the main measures of the specific regime for fruit and vegetables, i.e. producer organizations and their associations, operational funds and programs, exceptional crisis management measures, exceptions to competition rules and arrangements for exchanges with third countries. In this area, FEPEX considers it essential to maintain the specific regime for the fruit and vegetables sector and the operating funds as they are currently formulated.

With regard to trade policy, the priority for FEPEX is the EU market, which absorbs 94% of Spanish exports, since there are big threats, such as asymmetric globalization. The fact is that the EU market is increasingly open to productions from third countries and there is a lack of effective responses to the challenges posed by free trade policies.


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