The European Tuber Group (GETT)
During the Aix-en-Provence congress, more than 300 truffle farmers, scientists and technicians from 18 countries spent two days working on improving truffle production. The minutes of the congress published by the French Federation of Truffle Farmers attested to the progress made and the ways to improve in the future.
A program for the development of truffle farming in Europe, initiated by the European Tuber Group, was submitted to the European Commission for examination. Foreseen for the period 2003-2007, it proposed common objectives of research, experimentation and establishment of the conditions for the reconstitution of the truffle sector in Europe, but ran into “the legal limitations of the existing systems”, according to a nice diplomatic formula that includes in fact the division between the competences of the Union and those of the State.
The EGTT recently met in 2015, in Italy, in San Giovanni d’Asso; in 2016, in Mora de Rubielos, Spain, and then in Cahors; in 2017, was associated with the first Trufforum in Zaragoza, then in Le Rouret (Provence; in February 2018), in Norcia (Italy), where a symposium on “Trufficulture, an asset for Europe” was organized, and finally in Uzès (France) in 2019 and finally in Mora de Rubielos and Sarrión, Teruel (Spain) in 2022 and in Vic (Barcelona, Spain) in 2023.
A delegation from the EGTT was received in Brussels in September 2015 by the cabinet of the European Commissioner for Agriculture. After this visit, the Commission confirmed that “truffles are included in Annex I of the EU Treaty (1)”, which is key for truffle farmers in their information and promotion actions.
Bibliographic reference: Jean-Marc Olivier, Jean-Charles Savignac and Pierre Sourzat. Truffe and Trufficulture (2018). FANLAC. 341pp.
(1) FRE-003283/2016 Answer given by Commissioner Hogan on behalf of the Commission (06/22/2016) .