Assembly of European Horticultural Regions


2019 general assembly

Simona Caselli and Jean Louis Moulon both re-elected President and Vice-president of AREFLH

moulon caselli 1 500pxOn the 27th of March 2019, the annual meeting of AREFLH, the association of European fruit and vegetable regions and producers, was held in Bordeaux, at the headquarters of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. This year's meeting, coinciding with the end of the mandate of the ex-Regional Minister of the Emilia Romagna Region, which began in 2016, had the objective of renewing all mandates, from the Presidency to the Board of Directors, for a new three-year term.

The outgoing president Simona Caselli was unanimously reconfirmed as the head of the association. She will be assisted by Jean-Louis Moulon, President of the Producers' Council, also reconfirmed, and by an Administrative Board composed of representatives of the regions and associations of producer organisations.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the mandate of President Simona Caselli. "I am very happy to be able to renew my mandate at the head of AREFLH. This means that the work accomplished has been appreciated by both the Regions and producers - said the regional minister.

"During these three years, we have achieved the objectives we set ourselves at the beginning of the mandate: The social and geographical base of the association has been broadened, with the entry of 8 APOs and 5 new regions, the latest being the Lazio region; we have renewed the organisational structure, with a new secretariat and the opening of an office in Brussels, to bring us closer to the European institutions; we have encouraged research in this sector by establishing networks at European level with initiatives and conferences and by participating in projects that have obtained significant funding under the European Research Programme Horizon 2020; we have worked on the promotion and awareness of fruit and vegetable consumption with specific publicatiVue densemble AG produc 500pxons presented at the main fruit and vegetable fairs in Europe; but above all we have strengthened our role as the European Commission's privileged interlocutor, achieving results that we could never have achieved alone, as regions or as APOs - she continued.”


Read the full press release  :  français, italiano, español, EnglishMoegele 500px


The general assembly was followed in the afternoo by a public conference on "The European fruit and vegetable sector in the post-2020 CAP reform: how to respond to environmental, climate and food issues? "

We were honored to have, as speakers Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Regional minister in charge of agriculture for Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Rudolf Moegele (photo), Deputy Director General at DG AGRI, Olivier Allain, Regional minister in charge of agriculture for the Bretagne region, Simona Caselli, Regional minister in charge of agriculture for Emilie-Romagne and president of the AREFLH, Enrica Onorati, Regional minister in charge of agriculture for Latium, in Italy (photo)

All the presentations from the General assembly and the confence:

Simona Caselli, « End of term report 2016-2019, what did we acheive? »


Andrea Tivoli, Europe officer in Brussels : « Quelques regions membres 500pxActions in Brussels and European projects : what results in 2018? »



Pauline Panegos, General Secretary  «AREFLH key figures and the 2019 membership yearbook »

Read the MEMBERSHIOP YEARBOOK, in English only.


A message from MEP Eric Andrieu (COMAGRI) : watch the video


Sabine Brun-Rageul, Deputy regional director of "Défis agro-écologiques et Alimentation en Nouvelle-AquitaineAgri-ecological challenges and Food in New Aquitaine

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François Lafitte, President d’APFeL Sud-Ouest "Les fruits et légumes : les laissés pour compte de tout, y compris des politiques publiques", The Fruits and vegetables: neglected from all, even from public policies"


Elisabeth Dirlewanger, Directrice de recherches à l’INRA, «Les arbres fruitiers face au changementLes arbres fruitiers face au changementclimatique : exemple du cerisier», Fruit trees facing climate change: example of cherry tree









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