The Coordination Facility provides administrative and technical support to the Expert Groups and in close cooperation with the chairs it has developed Terms of Reference for those Groups. There is one Horizontal Expert Group (HEG), and a number of Commodity Expert Groups (CEG).
The Coordination Facility analyzes information generated by Member States and by the Commodity Expert Groups to identify issues of general interest aimed at solving multiple minor use gaps across the different sectors. It addresses issues identified by the Commodity Expert Groups arising from Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 to the Horizontal Expert Group. The Horizontal Expert Group can identify with the help of the Coordination Facility issues for resolution by the Steering Group.
The Coordination Facility supports the activities of the Commodity Expert Groups by providing, maintaining and filling the European Minor Use Database (EUMUDA).
Expert Groups, though they may be populated by a limited number of Member States, act for all EU Member States.
The Coordination Facility has developed rules on the composition of and the number of attendees in the Expert Groups.
The Commodity Expert Groups (CEGs) consist of national minor use experts and representatives of the respective growers associations or grower groups. CEGs are covering the following commodities: Fresh herbs and spices, Fruits and Vegetables, Hops, Mushrooms, Ornamentals, Rice, Seeds and Tobacco.
The main tasks of the CEGs are to help identifying and compiling the needs of the Member States concerning minor use gaps in their commodity sectors followed by a further determination what is needed to find solutions for those needs. The work of the CEGs is project-based.
The Horizontal Expert Group (HEG) consists of the chairs of the CEGs and representatives of Member States, growers associations and industry.
The HEG has been chaired by Jana Johansen-Hladilova, representative of Norway, since March 2021.
Previous chairs :
Donal Lynch, representative of Ireland, from November 2017 to March 2021.
Johan Roman, representative of the Netherlands, from September 2015 to March 2017.
The HEG is tasked to discuss issues with the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 related to minor uses. It concerns issues exceeding the individual Commodity Expert Groups.
The HEG discusses issues such as the acceptable definition of minor uses, how to create an atmosphere to stimulate mutual recognition by creating a level playing field and stimulate zonal evaluation related to minor uses.