EC calls for experts to assist on the School Fruit Scheme

Further to the Commission Decision to create a Plan to to provide fruit and vegetables to school children as one of the ways to tackle children obesity, a call has now been launched in order to set up the group of experts for technical advice on the School Fruit Scheme. Candidates may submit their proposals by 29 November.

In November 2008 the Agriculture Council of Ministers agreed on a Commission proposal for a European Union-wide scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. Among the measures to be implemented within such Plan, Decision 2009/986/EU provided the creation of a group of experts for technical to advice the Commission on the application of the Plan. The Official Journal of the European Union published on 30 October 2010 the call for experts for the creation of the group.

The group is to be composed of scientists and other experts with competences related to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the School Fruit Scheme and should deliver independent, excellent and transparent technical advice to the Commission.

The group's task shall be to assist the Commission:

  • With the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the School Fruit Scheme established by Regulation 1234/2007, as amended by Council Regulation 13/2009, by providing it with expert advice
  • With the elaboration of the report referred to in Regulation 1234/2007

The Group will consist of 10 members appointed by the Commission from specialists with expertise in nutrition, epidemiology, public health and health promotion, monitoring and evaluation of the School Fruit Scheme, with a suitable background, who have presented their candidature and have been selected accordingly. Furthermore, a maximum of 30 experts will be selected for the pool list.

Members of the group are appointed for a three-year renewable term of office and may not serve for more than three consecutive mandates. The Call for applications for the Group of Experts for technical advice on the School Fruit Scheme, provides full details about the documents and requirements to be filled by candidates.

Interested professionals may submit their applications by Monday 29 November 2010 by 17.00 Brussels local time, under Ref. Expert group for technical advice on the School Fruit Scheme — call for applications, by registered post to the following address:

European Commission
DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, Unit C.2. — Olive oil, Horticultural product
Rue de la Loi 130, 7/23
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
BELGIQUE/BELGIË

Informations regarding this call for experts may be requested by e-mail at the School Fruit Scheme functional mailbox.