UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards


Forty-sixth Session of the
Specialized Section on Co-ordination of Standardization of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables


Forty-sixth Session, 23-26 May 2000
to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, commencing at 10.00 hrs on Tuesday, 23 May 2000*


* There will be an informal meeting (English only) of the Working Groups on Apples and Pears, Kiwifruit, Citrus Fruit and Cultivated Mushrooms on Monday 22 May 2000. For further details please see the provisional timetable.

NOTE by the secretariat: Document numbers in square brackets have been reserved for papers not yet received by the secretariat at the time of the preparation of the agenda. They will translated and distributed (if received until 10 weeks before the session) or distributed in the original language only (if received until 6 weeks before the session). If received later they will be distributed at the session as informal papers. They will also be available on the homepage if sent in electronic format.


1. Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/1
English French Russian
2. Matters of interest since the forty-fifth session TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/2
English French Russian
3. Proposals to revise UN/ECE standards  
  (a) Apples and Pears (including list of varieties)  
  Text of the UN/ECE recommendation TRADE/WP.7/1999/7/Add.7
  List of varieties [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/3 (New Zealand)]
  Proposal [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/25 (European Union)]
  Draft Codex Standard TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/INF.1
English only
  Proposals TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/INF.6 (Ukraine)
English Russian
  (b) Avocados (Maturity requirements) [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/4 (Spain)]
  (c) Beans TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/5 (European Union)
English French Russian
  (d) Citrus Fruit /  
  Text of the standard in force TRADE/WP.7/1998/9/Add.1
English French Russian
  Text adopted at the last Specialized Section TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/6 (Secretariat)
English French Russian
  Proposals remaining ib discussion TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/7 (Secretariat)
English French Russian
  Other proposals concerning Citrus Fruit TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/8 (Spain)
  Comments on documents 2000/7 and 2000/8 TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/INF.3 (Israel)
  (e) Cultivated Mushrooms TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/9 (Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom)
English French Russian
  (f) Kiwi Fruit [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/10(New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and United States)]
    TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/11(European Union)
English French Russian
  (g) Melons TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/12 (European Union)
English French Russian
  (h) Peaches and Nectarines  
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/13 (European Union)
English French Russian
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/14 (Ukraine)
English French Russian
  (i) Peas TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/15 (European Union)
English French
  (j) Plums  
  Text of the standard in force TRADE/WP.7/1999/7/Add.10
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/16 (Ukraine)
English French Russian
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/16/Add.1(Chile)
English French Russian
  List of varieties TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/17 (European Union)
English French Russian
  (k) Table Grapes  
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/18 (European Union)
English French Russian
  Proposal for amendments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/19 (Ukraine)
English French Russian
  (l) Tomatoes TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/26 (European Union)
English French Russian
  Draft Codex Standard TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/INF.2
English only
4. Consideration to elaborate a UN/ECE Draft Standard for Pineapples TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/20 (COLEACP)
English French Russian
  Comments TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/20/Add.1 (South Africa)
English French Russian
5. Proposal to include provisions for miniature fruit and vegetables in UN/ECE Standards [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/21 (European Union) NOT received]
  Proposal TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/INF.4 (European Union)
English and French
6. Issues concerning trade marks and names of varieties  
  List of varieties from UPOV TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/22 (Secretariat)
English only
  List of varieties from OIV [TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/23 (Secretariat)]
7. Establishment of a list of countries using code marks  
8. Exchange of information on non-conformity cases TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/24 (OECD)
English French Russian
9. Participation to the Specialized Section  
10. Acceptances  
11. Matters of interest arising from the work of  
  (a) Codex Alimentarius Commission  
  (b) European Union  
  (c) OECD Scheme  
12. Operational activities  
13. Other business  
14. Preparation of the next session  
  (a) Future work  
  (b) Date and place  
  (c) Preparation of the 56th session of the Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development  
15. Election of officers  
16. Adoption of the report TRADE/WP.7/GE.1/2000/25
English  French  Russian


New timetable for the informal sessions (English only) on Monday 22 May and Thursday 25 May afternoon:

Monday, 22 May 10.00 - 13.00 Cultivated Mushrooms, Pineapple
  15.00 - 18.00 Citrus Fruit, Apples and Pears
Thursday, 25 May 15.00 - 16.30 Working Group on working procedures
  16.30 - 18.00 Working Group on explanatory material


Explanatory notes and timetable see agenda



Contributions should be sent to the secretariat either on diskette or by mail to:

Food Standards Officer
UN/ECE Trade Division
Palais des Nations
Office 432
1211 Geneva 10
Tel: (41) 22 917
2450 Fax: (41) 22 917 0041

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