15.3.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 68/5


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 422/2005

of 14 March 2005

amending Regulation (EC) No 94/2002 laying down detailed rules for applying Council Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 on information and promotion actions for agricultural products on the internal market

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 of 19 December 2000 on information and promotion actions for agricultural products on the internal market (1), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 provides the criteria to determine the sectors and products for which information and/or promotion actions may be carried out on the internal market. Those themes and products are listed in Annex I to Commission Regulation (EC) No 94/2002 (2).

(2)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 requires that every two years the Commission shall draw up a list of the themes and products referred to in Article 3 of that Regulation.

(3)

Seed oils of Community origin, in particular rapeseed oil, as well as honey and beekeeping products are products where market balance could be improved through information and/or generic promotion measures, in particular by providing adequate and up-to-date information to consumers on the qualities, nutritional value, taste, applicable standards and labelling of those products. Therefore, those products should be included in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 94/2002.

(4)

In order to encourage consumption of quality products in the meat sector, it is appropriate to make all quality meats produced according to a Community or a national quality scheme eligible for promotional measures. Therefore, those products should be included in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 94/2002.

(5)

For reasons of clarity and simplification, it is appropriate to incorporate the themes in Annex I(a) and the products in Annex I(b) to Regulation (EC) No 94/2002 into one single list which will cover both themes and products and to include, for each product and theme, provisions related to these in the corresponding guidelines for promotion on the internal market in Annex III to that Regulation.

(6)

Products with a protected designation of origin (PDO), with a protected geographical indication (PGI) or with a traditional specialty guaranteed (TSG) in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 of 14 July 1992 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (3) or Council Regulation (EEC) No 2082/92 of 14 July 1992 on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs (4), and products from organic farming, in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs (5), are quality products the production and consumption of which are considered a priority in the context of the common agricultural policy. Those products should therefore be included in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 94/2002, so as to ensure that they can benefit from all promotion and information measures provided for in the internal market promotion regime.

(7)

It is necessary to draw new guidelines concerning the newly added products in order to achieve the expected results of the promotional measures, and to revise existing guidelines in order to take account of developments in the market situation and in the common agricultural policy, as well as available experience from the evaluation of the most recent promotion and information measures.

(8)

Regulation (EC) No 94/2002 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(9)

The next deadline after the adoption of these measures for the submission of applications for Community support for promotional programmes is 31 January. There is limited time for the proposing organisations and Member States to adjust or prepare proposals taking into account the rules of the newly amended Regulation. Therefore it is necessary that this Regulation enters into force after 31 January.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion delivered at the meeting of the joint management committee for the promotion of agricultural products,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 94/2002 is amended as follows:

1.

Annex I is replaced by the text in Annex I to this Regulation.

2.

Annex III is replaced by the text in Annex II to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It is applicable from 1 February 2005.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 14 March 2005.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 328, 23.12.2000, p. 2. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2060/2004 (OJ L 357, 2.12.2004, p. 3).

(2)  OJ L 17, 19.1.2002, p. 20. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1803/2004 (OJ L 318, 19.10.2004, p. 4).

(3)  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1215/2004 (OJ L 232, 1.7.2004, p. 21).

(4)  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 9. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 806/2003(OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

(5)  OJ L 198, 22.7.1991, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2254/2004 (OJ L 385, 29.12.2004, p. 20).


ANNEX I

‘ANNEX I

LIST OF PRODUCTS AND THEMES

fresh fruit and vegetables,

processed fruit and vegetables,

fibre flax,

live plants and products of ornamental horticulture,

olive oil and table olives,

seed oils,

milk and milk products,

fresh, chilled or frozen meat, produced in accordance with a Community or a national quality scheme,

labelling of eggs for human consumption,

honey and beekeeping products,

quality wines psr, table wines with a geographical indication,

graphic symbol for the most remote regions as laid down in agricultural legislation,

protected designation/s of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication/s (PGI) or traditional speciality/ies guaranteed (TSG) in accordance with Council Regulations (EEC) No 2081/92 (1) or (EEC) No 2082/92 (2) and products registered under these schemes,

organic farming in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 (3) and products registered according to this Regulation.


(1)  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 9.

(3)  OJ L 198, 22.7.1991, p. 1.’


ANNEX II

‘ANNEX III

GUIDELINES FOR PROMOTION ON THE INTERNAL MARKET

The following guidelines give an orientation for the messages, target groups and channels that should have a central position in the promotion or information programmes for the different product categories.

Without prejudice to the priorities presented in Article 6(4) of Regulation (EC) 2826/2000, programme proposals should in general be prepared taking into account the following principles:

when programmes are proposed by more than one Member State they should have coordinated strategies, actions and messages,

programmes should preferably be multiannual and with a sufficient scope to have a significant impact on the targeted markets. Where appropriate, they should be operated on the markets of more than one Member State,

the messages of the programmes should provide objective information about the intrinsic characteristics and/or nutritional value of the products as part of a balanced diet, of their production methods or environmental friendliness,

programmes should have central messages, which are of interest to the consumers, professionals and/or the trade of several Member States.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

While the Community production of fruit and vegetables is increasing, their consumption is on the whole static.

There is a noticeable lack of interest among consumers under 35, which is even stronger among the school age population. This is not in the interests of a balanced diet.

2.   GOALS

The aim is to improve the image of the products as being “fresh” and “natural” and to bring down the average age of consumers, chiefly by encouraging young people to consume the products concerned.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Young households under 35

School-age children, adolescents and their parents

Mass caterers and school canteens

Doctors and nutritionists.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

To promote the “five a day” type approach (recommendation to eat at least five servings of fruit or vegetable per day)

The products are natural and fresh

Quality (safety, nutritional value and taste, production methods, environmental protection, link with the product’s origin)

Enjoyment

Balanced diet

Variety and seasonal nature of the supply of fresh products; information on their tastes and uses

Traceability

Accessibility and ease of preparation: many fresh fruit and vegetables require no cooking.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channels (Internet sites presenting available products, with online games for children)

Telephone information line

PR contacts with the media and advertising (e.g. specialised journalists, women’s press, youth magazines and papers)

Contacts with doctors and nutritionists

Educational measures targeting children and adolescents by mobilising teachers and school canteen managers

Point-of-sales information actions to consumers

Other channels (leaflets and brochures with information on the products and recipes, children’s games, etc.)

Visual media (cinema, specialised TV channels)

Radio spots

Participation in trade fairs.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set objectives for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 4 million.

Processed fruit and vegetables

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The sector faces increasing competition from several third countries.

While demand is gradually increasing, in particular because of the ease of consumption of these products, it is important that the Community industry will be able to benefit of this potential. Therefore support to information and promotion actions is justified.

2.   GOALS

The image of the product needs to be modernised and made more youthful, giving the information needed to encourage consumption.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Households

Mass caterers and school canteens

Doctors and nutritionists.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Quality (safety, nutritional value and taste, preparation methods)

Ease of use

Enjoyment

Variety of supply and availability throughout the year

Balanced diet

Traceability.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channels (Internet site)

Telephone information line

PR contacts with the media and advertising (e.g. specialised journalists, women’s press, culinary and professional press)

Demonstrations at points of sale

Contacts with doctors and nutritionists

Other channels (leaflets and brochures featuring products and recipes)

Visual media

Participation in trade fairs.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set objectives for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 2 million

Fibre flax

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The liberalisation of international trade in textiles and clothing has brought Community flax into sharp competition with flax from outside the Community offered at very attractive prices. It is also in competition with other fibres. At the same time, consumption of textiles is tending to stagnate.

2.   GOALS

To develop the image and reputation of Community flax and to capitalise its distinctive qualities

To increase consumption of this product

To inform consumers about the characteristics of new products placed on the market.

3.   TARGET GROUPS

Leading professionals in the sector (stylists, designers, makers, editors)

Distributors

Textiles, fashion and interior design education circles (teachers and students)

Opinion leaders

Consumers.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

The quality of the product comes from the conditions in which the raw material is produced, the use of suitable varieties and the know-how brought to bear all along the production chain

Community flax offers a wide range of products (clothing, decoration, household linen) and a wealth of creativity and innovation.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channels (Internet sites)

Professional shows and fairs

Information measures targeting users downstream (designers, makers, distributors, editors)

Information at sales points

Relations with the specialist press

Educational information measures in fashion schools, textile engineer courses, etc.

6.   DURATION OF PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set objectives for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 1 million.

Live plants and products of ornamental horticulture

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The supply situation of the sector is characterised by increasing competition between products from the Community and products from third countries.

The evaluation studies of the promotion campaigns carried out between 1997-2000 suggest that, in order to facilitate the sale of Community production within the European Union, the whole chain from producer to distributor needs to be better organised and rationalised, and consumers should be better informed about the intrinsic qualities and varieties of Community products.

2.   GOALS

To increase the consumption of flowers and plants of Community origin

To encourage practices which benefit the environment and increase knowledge about environmentally-friendly methods

To strengthen the partnership between professionals from several Member States, allowing, among other things, most advanced knowledge in the sector to be shared, and to better inform all participants in the production chain.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Producers, nurseries, distributors and other operators of the sector

Students and school children

Opinion multipliers: journalists, teachers

Consumers.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Information on the quality and varieties of Community products

Environmentally-friendly production methods

Techniques aiming for more durable products

An optimum mix of varieties of plants and flowers

The role of plants and flowers in well-being and quality of life.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Media contacts

Fairs and exhibitions: stands representing products of several Member States

Training measures for professionals, consumers and students

Actions for sharing knowledge about greater product durability

Consumer information measures through the press, and also through initiatives such as catalogue publishing, gardener's calendars and possibly “plant of the month” campaigns

Increased use of electronic media (Internet, CD-ROM, etc.).

6.   DURATION OF PROGRAMME

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes presenting a strategy and properly justified objectives for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 3 million.

Olive oil and table olives

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

While the supply of olive oil and table olives is on the increase the outlets on the internal and international markets are important to safeguard the Community market equilibrium. The situation at the level of domestic demand for these products varies widely between traditional consumer markets and those where they are a relatively new phenomenon.

In the “traditional consumer” Member States (Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal), the products concerned are generally well-known and consumption is high. These are mature markets where the prospects for any overall increase in demand are limited, but taking into account their current share of the consumption of olive oil they continue to be of great interest to the sector.

In the “new consumer” Member States, per capita consumption has progressed but is still substantially lower (in the Community as constituted before 1 May 2004) or marginal (in the majority of the new Member States). Many consumers are not aware of the qualities or of the various uses of olive oil and table olives. This is thus a market with major scope for increasing demand.

2.   GOALS

As a priority: to increase consumption in the “new consumer” Member States by increasing market penetration and to intensify use by diversifying the use of these products and by providing necessary information.

To consolidate and develop consumption in the “traditional consumer” Member States by improving information to consumers about less known aspects and getting young people into the habit of buying the products.

3.   TARGET GROUPS

Persons responsible for purchases: in the case of “traditional consumer” Member States mainly those between 20 and 40 years of age

Opinion leaders (gastronomes, chefs, restaurants, journalists) and general and specialised press (gastronomy, women’s, various styles)

Medical and paramedical press

Distributors (in the “new consumer” Member States).

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Gastronomic qualities and organoleptic characteristics of virgin olive oil (flavour, colour, taste) have nuances connected with the varieties, areas, harvests, PDOs/PGIs etc. This diversity offers a wide range of culinary sensations and possibilities

The different categories of olive oil

Olive oil, due to its nutritional qualities, is a major element in a healthy and balanced diet: it succeeds in combining culinary pleasures with the requirements of a balanced and healthy diet

Information on the rules concerning control, certification of quality and of labelling of olive oils

Information on all olive oils and/or table olives registered as PDOs/PGIs throughout the Community

Table olives constitute a healthy and natural product, adapted both for a user-friendly consumption and for the preparation of elaborate dishes

Varietal characteristics of table olives.

More specifically in the “new consumer” Member States:

Olive oil, and in particular the virgin extra category, is a natural product, resulting from tradition and ancient know-how, which is appropriate for a modern kitchen full of flavours; it can easily be associated, besides the Mediterranean cuisine, with any contemporary cooking

Advice concerning use in cooking.

More specifically in the “traditional consumer” Member States:

The advantages of purchase of conditioned olive oil (with labelling containing useful information to the consumer)

Modernisation of the product image which has a long history and a major cultural dimension.

Without prejudice to Article 2(3), information on the nutritional qualities of olive oil and table olives must be based on generally accepted scientific data and fulfil the requirements laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC concerning the labelling, presentation and advertising of foods and any specific rules that apply made in this connection (1)

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Internet and other electronic means (ex. CD-rom, DVDs)

Promotion at points of sale (tasting, recipes, information)

Press relations and public relations (events, participation in consumer fairs, etc.)

Publicity (or publicity editorials) in the press (general, women’s, gastronomy, lifestyle)

Joint actions with the medical and paramedical profession (medical public relations)

Audio visual media (TV and radio)

Participation in trade fairs.

6.   DURATION AND SCOPE OF PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes, presenting for each phase a strategy and duly justified objectives.

Priority will be given to programmes to be implemented in at least two “new consumer” Member States.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 4 million.

Seed oils

In this sector, programmes concentrating on rapeseed oil or presenting the characteristics of different seed oils will be given priority.

Indicative annual budget for the seed oil sector:

EUR 2 million.

A.   Rapeseed oil

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

As a consequence of the new common agricultural policy rapeseed production does not receive any specific support and has to become market oriented. With increased possibilities for production and as an alternative for cereal production, which is characterised by a structural overproduction, promotion of rapeseed oil will contribute to the balance in the arable corps market and the consumption of different vegetable oils in the Community. The Community is for the time being a net exporter of rapeseed oil.

During the past decades rape varieties with valuable nutritional characteristics have been developed. This has resulted in improved quality. New products such as cold pressed rapeseed oils with a particular nutty taste have been developed.

The nutritional value of rapeseed oil has been subject of world wide research with results confirming the beneficial dietary and physiological characteristics of the product. General practitioners, nutritionists as well as consumers should be informed about these latest research results.

2.   GOALS

To improve awareness of the characteristics of rapeseed oil and its recent evolution

To increase consumption by informing consumers, medical and paramedical professions about the use and nutritional value of rapeseed oil.

3.   TARGET GROUPS

Households, in particular persons responsible for purchases

Opinion leaders (journalists, chefs, medical and nutritional professions)

Distributors

Medical and paramedical press

Agro-food industry.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

The nutritional value of rapeseed oil makes it an important part of a balanced and healthy diet

The beneficial fatty acids composition of rapeseed oil

Advice for use in cooking

Information on the evolution of the product and its varieties.

Without prejudice to Article 2(3), information on the nutritional qualities of rapeseed oil must be based on generally accepted scientific data and fulfil the requirements laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC concerning the labelling, presentation and advertising of foods and any specific rules that apply made in this connection.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Promotion at points of sale (tasting, recipes, information)

Publicity (or publicity editorials) in the general, culinary, women's and lifestyle press

Public relations (events, participation in food fairs)

Joint actions taken with the medical and paramedical profession

Joint actions with restaurants, the catering business and chefs

The Internet

6.   DURATION OF PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months.

B.   Sunflower oil

Programmes for sunflower oil will be given priority only if and when justified by market conditions.

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

Over two million hectares in the Community are cultivated with sunflower, and production of sunflower seeds exceeds 3,5 million tonnes per year. Sunflower oil consumed in Community has mainly been produced from seeds grown in the Community. However, the decline in crushing will reduce the EU sunflower oil production during marketing year 2004/2005. As world prices are on the increase and shortages of supply are possible, priority is not given to programmes concentrating on sunflower oil alone. It can, nevertheless, be presented as part of programmes introducing different seed oils of Community origin.

Sunflower oil as a product has particular advantages for certain uses such as frying. It is also high in unsaturated fats and rich in vitamin E. The purpose of these campaigns is to inform consumers and traders/distributors on the different uses, types and characteristics of sunflower oil as well as of the Community legislation concerning its quality. The campaigns should be designed in the spirit of giving objective information.

2.   GOALS

To inform consumers and the trade operators on the following:

different uses of sunflower oil, its characteristics and nutritional value,

legislation and standards governing quality, rules on labelling.

3.   TARGET GROUPS

Households, in particular persons responsible for purchases

Opinion leaders (journalists, chefs, medical and nutritional professions)

Distributors

Agro-food industry.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

The main messages of the programmes should provide information on the following:

advantages from the appropriate use of sunflower oil. For example, sunflower oil produced from oil type sunflower seeds has a high vitamin E content compared to other vegetable oils. Sunflower oil is well known for its light taste and frying performance,

legislation and standards governing the quality of sunflower oil,

fatty acids composition and nutritional value of sunflower oil,

results of scientific research and technical development of sunflower oil and other vegetable oils.

Without prejudice to Article 2(3), information on the nutritional qualities of sunflower oil must be based on generally accepted scientific data and fulfil the requirements laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC concerning the labelling, presentation and advertising of foods and any specific rules that apply made in this connection.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Distribution of information materials in points of sale (POS and to the trade)

Publicity (or publicity editorials) in the general, culinary, professional press

Public relations (events, participation in food fairs)

The Internet.

6.   DURATION OF PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months.

Milk and milk products

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

There has been a drop in the consumption of liquid milk, particularly in the major consumer countries, mainly due to the competition from soft drinks targeted at young people. Various milk substitutes are gradually replacing the consumption of liquid milk. By contrast, there is an overall increase in the consumption of milk products expressed in milk equivalent.

2.   GOALS

To increase liquid milk consumption in markets where potential for growth exists and to maintain consumption levels in saturated markets

To increase the consumption of dairy products in general.

To encourage consumption by young people as future adult consumers.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Consumers in general focusing in particular on:

Children and adolescents, especially girls aged 8 to 13

Women of different age groups

Elderly people.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Milk and milk products are healthy and natural, suited to modern living and enjoyable to consumer

Milk and milk products have specific nutritional value beneficial in particular for certain age groups

Messages must be positive and take account of the specific nature of consumption on the different markets

There is a large variety of milk products suitable for different consumers in different consumption situations

Lower fat choices of milk and milk products are available and may be more appropriate for certain consumers

The continuity of the main messages must be ensured during the entire programme in order to convince consumers of the benefits from regular consumption of milk and milk products.

Without prejudice to Article 2(3), information on the nutritional qualities of milk and milk products must be based on generally accepted scientific data and fulfil the requirements laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC concerning the labelling, presentation and advertising of foods and any specific rules that apply made in this connection.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channels

Telephone information line

Contacts with the media and advertising (e.g. specialised journals, women's press, the youth press)

Contacts with doctors and nutritionists

Contacts with teachers and schools

Other channels (leaflets and brochures, children's games, etc.

Demonstrations at points of sale

Visual media (cinema, specialised TV channels)

Radio spots

Participation in exhibitions and fairs.

6.   DURATION AND SCOPE OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set targets for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 4 million.

Fresh, chilled or frozen meat, produced in accordance with a community or a national quality scheme

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The health problems which affected many of the principal animal products have reinforced the need for strengthening consumers’ confidence in Community meat products.

This involves the necessity of providing objective information on Community and national quality systems and controls that they require in addition to the general legislation on controls and food safety. These rules and controls form an additional guarantee by providing product specifications and additional control structures.

2.   GOALS

These information campaigns are limited to products produced under the regimes of European quality systems (PDO/PGI/TSG and Organic Farming) and under quality schemes recognised by the Member States and fulfilling the criteria defined in Article 24b of Regulation 1257/1999. Information campaigns funded under this Regulation should not also be funded under Regulation 1257/1999.

Their aim is to ensure objective and exhaustive information on the rules of Community and national quality schemes for meat products. They should inform consumers, opinion leaders and distributors of the product specifications and effective controls implied by these quality systems.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Consumers and their associations

Persons responsible for the household purchases

Institutions (restaurants, hospitals, schools etc.)

Distributors and their associations

Press and opinion leaders.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Quality regimes guarantee a specific production method and controls which are stricter than those required by legislation

Quality meat products have specific characteristics or a quality which is superior to usual commercial norms

Community and national quality regimes are transparent and ensure a complete traceability of products

The labelling of meats allows the consumer to identify quality products, their origin and their characteristics.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Internet

Public relations with the media and advertising (scientific and specialised press, feminine and culinary journals)

Contacts with consumer associations

Audiovisual media

Written documentation (brochures, leaflets, etc.)

Information at points of sale.

6.   DURATION AND SCOPE OF THE PROGRAMMES

The programmes should have at least national coverage or cover several Member States

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set justified targets for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 4 million.

Labelling of eggs for human consumption

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

From 1 January 2004, a code identifying the producer and the system employed to rear the laying hens, shall be stamped on the shell of all eggs intended for human consumption. This code shall be composed of a number identifying the farming method (0=organic, 1=free range, 2=barn, 3=cage), the ISO code of the Member State where the production centre is situated and a number allocated to the production centre by the relevant authority.

2.   GOALS

To inform the consumer of the new standards for marking eggs and fully explain the meaning of the code printed on eggs

To provide information on egg-production systems by means of the code printed on eggs

To provide information about existing traceability systems.

3.   TARGET GROUPS

Consumers and distributors

Opinion leaders.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

To publicise and explain the new code printed on eggs in compliance with Directive 2002/4/EC (2), and the characteristics of the different categories of eggs to which this code refers.

The messages should not express preferences of one production method over another and not include claims concerning the nutritional value and health impacts of the consumption of eggs. There should be no discrimination between eggs originating from different MS.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channel (website, etc.)

Printed material (brochures, leaflets, etc.)

Information at sales points

Advertising in the press and in food magazines, women's magazines, etc.

Relations with the media.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

12 to 24 months.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 2 million.

Honey and beekeeping products

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The sector of Community quality honey and beekeeping products which receives very little Community support, faces increasing global competition. The fact that production costs are high in Community makes the situation even more difficult.

Since 2001 the sector is subject to Directive No (EC) 2001/110 relating to honey (3), making obligatory labelling which links quality and origin. Supported programmes must concentrate on Community honeys and beekeeping products with complementary indication concerning the regional, territorial or topographical origin, or quality labels certified either by the Community (PDO, PGI, TSG or organic) or by a Member State.

2.   OBJECTIVES

Inform the consumers on the diversity, on the organoleptic qualities and the conditions of production of the Community bee-keeping products

Inform consumers of the qualities of non filtered and non pasteurised community honeys

Help consumers understand the labelling of Community honey and encourage producers to develop the clarity of their labels

Orient consumption of honey towards quality products by drawing attention to their traceability.

3.   PRINCIPAL TARGETS

Consumers with particular focus on those between 20 to 40 years

Elderly people and children

Opinion leaders.

4.   PRINCIPAL MESSAGES

Information on the Community legislation on safety, hygiene in production, on certification of quality and on labelling

Honey is a natural product based on tradition and established know-how, which has various uses in a modern kitchen

The great diversity of honeys of different geographical and botanical origins and/or of different seasons

Advice on use and nutritional value

Safeguarding pollination is essential to the maintenance of biodiversity.

5.   PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENTS

Advertisements in general in specialised press (gastronomy — life style)

Internet, cinema and other audiovisual media (TV, radio)

Point of sales

Participation in exhibitions and in fairs

Public relations for the general public, organisation of events for actions in restaurants and for the catering business

Information in schools (instructions for teachers and to hotel and restaurant school students).

6.   DURATION AND SCOPE OF PROGRAMME

From 12 to 36 months with a preference for programmes which present, for each phase, a strategy and duly justified objectives.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 1 million.

Quality wines PSR, table wines with a geographical indication

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

Wine production is ample but consumption is static or even in decline for certain types of wine, while supply from third countries is on the increase.

2.   GOALS

To increase the consumption of Community wines

To inform consumers about the variety, quality and production conditions of Community wines and the results of scientific studies.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Distributors

Consumers, excluding young people and adolescents referred to the Council Recommendation 2001/458/EC of 5 June 2001 (4)

Opinion leaders: journalists, gastronomic experts

Educational institutes of the hotel and restaurant sector.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

Community legislation strictly regulates production, quality indications, labelling and marketing, so guaranteeing for consumers the quality and traceability of the wine on offer

The attraction of being able to choose from a very wide selection of Community wines of different origins

Information on Community wine cultivation and its links with regional and local conditions, cultures and tastes.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Information and public relations measures:

training for distributors and caterers,

contacts with the specialised press,

other channels (Internet site, leaflets and brochures) to guide consumers in their choice and to develop ideas for consumption at family events and festive occasions,

fairs and exhibitions: stands grouping together products from several Member States.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months, giving priority to multiannual programmes that set objectives for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 3 million.

Products with a protected designation of origin (PDO), a protected geographical indication (PGI) or traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG)

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The Community system for protecting product names provided for in Regulations (EEC) No 2081/92 and (EEC) No 2082/92 are a priority in the implementation of the quality chapter of the common agricultural policy. It is therefore necessary to continue previous efforts to run campaigns by which the denominations and the products bearing the protected names are made known to all potential actors in the chain of production, preparation, marketing and consumption of these products.

2.   GOALS

Promotion and information campaigns should not focus on one or only a very limited number of product names, but rather on groups of names either of certain product categories or of products produced in one or several regions in one or several Member States.

The objectives of these campaigns should be to:

provide comprehensive information on the content, the functioning and the Community nature of the regimes and, in particular, of their effects on the commercial value of the products with protected names which after registration benefit from the protection granted by these regimes,

enhance the knowledge of consumers, distributors and food professionals of the Community logos for PDO/PGI and TSG products,

encourage producer/processor groups not yet taking part in these regimes to use the system by registering the names of products which satisfy the basic requirements for obtaining registration,

encourage producers/processors of the regions concerned but not yet taking part in the regimes, to participate in the production of the products bearing the registered names by conforming to the approved specifications and inspection requirements laid down for the various protected names,

stimulate demand for the products concerned by informing consumers and distributors of the existence, significance and benefits of the regimes, as well as by informing them on the logos, the conditions under which designations are awarded, the relevant checks and controls, the traceability system.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Producers and processors

Distributors (supermarkets, wholesalers, retailers, caterers, canteens, restaurants)

Consumers and associations thereof

Opinion multipliers.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

The products bearing the protected names have specific characteristics associated with their geographical origin; in the case of products with a PDO, the quality or characteristics of the products are essentially or exclusively linked to the particular geographical environment (with its inherent natural and human factors); in the case of products with a PGI, the products possess a specific quality or reputation which can be attributed to the geographical origin and the geographical link must occur in at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation

The products with a TSG have specific characteristics associated with their particular traditional methods of production or with the use of traditional raw materials

The Community logos for PDO, PGI and TSG are the symbols that are understood throughout the Community as products meeting specific conditions of production linked to their geographical origin or to their tradition and being subject to control

Other quality aspects (safety, nutritional value, taste, traceability) of the products concerned

The presentation of some PDO, PGI or TSG products as examples for the potential of successful commercial enhancement of products whose names are registered under the protection regimes

These protection regimes support Community’s cultural heritage and support the diversity of agricultural production as well as the maintenance of the countryside.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic (Internet sites)

PR contacts with the media (specialised, women’s and culinary press)

Contacts with consumer associations

Point of sale information and demonstrations

Audiovisual media (inter alia, focussed TV spots)

Written documents (leaflets, brochures, etc.)

Participation at trade fairs and shows

Information and training seminars/actions on the functioning of the Community regimes for PDOs, PGIs and TSGs.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months. Priority will be given to multiannual programmes with clearly defined objectives and strategy for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 3 million.

Information on the graphic symbol for the most remote regions

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

This guideline refers to the most remote regions of the Community as defined in Article 299(2) of the Treaty. The outside evaluation study shows that the Community’s 1998/1999 information campaign on the graphic symbol (logo) for the most remote regions was received with a great deal of interest on the part of those operating in that sector.

As a result, some producers and processors sought approval for their quality products, so that they could use the logo.

In view of the short run of this first campaign, it is appropriate to continue improving the various target-groups’ awareness of the logo by continuing the measures to inform them about its meaning and benefits.

2.   GOALS

To publicise the existence, meaning and benefits of the logo

To encourage producers and processors in the regions concerned to use the logo

To improve awareness of the logo among distributors and consumers.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Local producers and processors

Distributors and consumers

Opinion multipliers.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES

The product is typical and natural

It originates in a Community region

Quality (safety, nutritional value and taste, production method, link with origin)

The product’s exotic nature

Variety of the supply, including out of season

Traceability.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic channels (Internet site, etc.)

Telephone information line

PR contacts with the media (e.g. specialised journalists, women’s press, culinary press)

Demonstrations at points of sale, fairs and shows, etc.

Contacts with doctors and nutritionists

Other channels (leaflets, brochures, recipes, etc.)

Audiovisual media

Publicity in the specialised and local press.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 1 million.

Products from organic farming

1.   OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

The consumption of products from organic farming is particularly popular among urban populations, but the market share of these products is still fairly limited.

The level of awareness among consumers and other interested groups about the characteristics of the organic farming production method is increasing but is still fairly low.

In the Community Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming, promotion and information actions are considered as a key instrument to further develop the demand for organic food.

2.   GOALS

Promotion and information campaigns should not focus on one or a few selected products, but rather on groups of products or on the organic farming regime as applied in one or more regions in one or more Member State.

The objectives of these campaigns should be to:

encourage the consumption of organic food,

enhance the knowledge of consumers of the labelling including the Community logo for organic products,

provide comprehensive information and broaden awareness on the benefits of organic farming in particular with regard to environment protection, animal welfare, maintenance of the countryside and the development of rural areas,

provide comprehensive information on the content and the functioning of the Community regime on organic farming,

encourage individual producers, processors and producer/processor/retailer groups not yet taking part in organic farming to convert to this production method; encourage retailers, retailer groups and restaurants to sell organic products.

3.   MAIN TARGETS

Consumers in general, consumer associations and specific subgroups of consumers

Opinion multipliers

Distributors (supermarkets, wholesalers, specialised retailers, caterers, canteens, restaurants), food processors

Teachers and schools.

4.   MAIN MESSAGES.

Organic products are natural, suited to modern daily living and a pleasure to consume; they result from production methods that particularly respect the environment and animal welfare; organic farming supports the diversity of agricultural production as well as the maintenance of the countryside

The products are subject to stringent production and inspection rules, including full traceability to ensure that products originate from farms under an organic inspection system

Use of the words “organic”, “ecological” and “biological” and their equivalent in other languages with respect to food products is protected by law

The Community logo is the symbol for organic products which is understood throughout the Community and which indicates that the products meet strict Community production criteria and have undergone stringent checks. Information on the Community logo may be supplemented with information on the logos introduced in the Member States

Other quality aspects (safety, nutritional value, taste) of the products concerned can be underlined.

5.   MAIN CHANNELS

Electronic (Internet sites)

Telephone information lines

PR contacts with the media (specialised journalists, women’s press, culinary press, food industry press)

Contacts with consumer associations

Point-of-sale information

Actions in schools

Audiovisual media (inter alia, focussed TV spots)

Written documents (leaflets, brochures, etc.)

Participation at trade fairs and shows

Information and training seminars/actions on the functioning of the Community regime for organic food and farming.

6.   DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES

12 to 36 months. Priority will be given to multiannual programmes with clearly defined objectives and strategy for each phase.

7.   INDICATIVE ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE SECTOR

EUR 3 million.’


(1)  JO L 109 du 6.5.2000, p. 29.

(2)  OJ L 30, 31.1.2002, p. 44.

(3)  OJ L 10, 12.1.2002, p. 47.

(4)  OJ L 161, 16.6.2001, p. 38.