EU fruit and veg exports have fallen dramatically over the past year as a result of the high euro.

Fresh fruit exports from the EU-27 fell 7.2% by value, with veg down 12.4%. Fruit volumes rose 11.9%, but veg were down 7.7% [Freshfel].

"EU exporters have remained handicapped by the high value of the euro as well as the lack of suport mechanisms, such as export credit schemes and export refunds that the EU dismantled with the latest CMO reform," said Philippe Binard, general delegate of Freshfel Europe.

Russia is the leading destination for EU produce.