Importance of Harmonized National Regulations to Facilitate Export to the European market

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The Third Interim Meeting for the REAWG on Market Standards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables was held in Durres, Albania in a period from March 27 -29, 2024. The attendees were provided with an overview of the latest market standards for fresh fruits and vegetables in SEE.

The attendees visited two companies that deal with fresh fruits and vegetables in the Lushnje region. Most of the SEE have improved their alignment with the EU CMO regulations. However, the private sector still needs an adopted national regulation that is harmonized with EU regulations and OECD standards for market standards for fresh fruits and vegetables that can facilitate their export to the European market.

Post-harvest experts presented handouts for handling fresh fruits and vegetables. Representatives from various institutions informed the participants about their work plans for transposing the EU CMO regulation and creating the Rulebook for marketing standards for fresh fruits and vegetables. The representatives of the respective institutions also presented proposals for the continuation of the work of this REAWG in 2024/25.

1. Regional Report on Market Standards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetable-Nenad Magazin

2. Fruits and vegetables-Albania

3. Needs for the SWG technical support for the implementation of marketing standards for fresh fruit and vegetables-Kosovo

4. Presentation Valdete Avdiu – Kosovo

5. Market Standards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Institutional workplan for 2023-Montenegro

6. Achivement in 2023 and Work plan in 2024-25 – Marketing standards for F&V

7. Apple and Table Grape presentation

8. Postharvest handling of the peaches and cherries – Serbia-Nenad Magazin

9. Postharvest handling of Tomato and Pepper-North Macedonia

10. Soft fruit and potato presentation