The CEFS secretariat provides its members with all relevant information on the development of European legislation. It promotes dialogue, participates in scientific research, carries out economic studies, and arranges for the adoption of common positions whenever necessary. The secretariat seeks to ensure that the unanimous positions of CEFS’ members are taken into account by the European and international institutions.
The supreme decision-making body of CEFS is its General Assembly, comprised of all CEFS members. There it holds the statutory elections, adopts the budgets, and determines major policy guidelines. The Board of Directors, elected by the General Assembly, manages all the dossiers dealt with by the Committees and Working Groups, with the guidance of the Secretariat. The President of the CEFS, elected for a renewable term of office of three years, is the prime mover. He is assisted in his work by a ‘high-level group of advisers’, the Presidium, whose members are also elected for three years, and by the CEFS secretariat.
Eight Working Groups operate under the supervision of two Committees, each chaired by a member of the Presidium. The Working Groups deal with the technical aspects of all dossiers affecting the sugar industry. The Committees prepare positions to be submitted to the Board of Directors and call in external experts to enlighten the debates as required.
Industrial manufacturers of white sugar from EU Member States, Switzerland and the UK may apply for membership as full members of CEFS. National organisations representing industrial manufacturers from EU Member States, Switzerland and the UK may apply for membership of CEFS as representative members playing a purely advisory role.
Raw sugar manufacturers in the French Overseas Departments and European raw sugar refiners, or their representative organisations, may apply for membership as associate members of CEFS. They participate in the work of CEFS in a purely advisory capacity.
Legal persons with a legitimate interest in the pursuance of certain objectives of CEFS may apply for membership as corresponding members. Corresponding members take part in the work of CEFS when they are invited to do so, and play only an advisory role.