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EU Agriculture Ministers endorse report on the Commission proposal for a new organic regulation.

December 16, 2014

Speaking at the meeting in Brussels, 15 December 2014, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said that organic is a key sector in Europe for job creation, is growing 9% a year and this must be supported by regulation. He continued: “No one disputes the fact that the current proposal is unacceptable.”

“It is very positive that the Council and Commission acknowledge how problematic the Commission proposal would be to organic food and farming,” said IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes.

“Ten of the eleven guidelines proposed by the Italian Presidency and noted by the Council match IFOAM EU demands for improvement.”

“The Italian Presidency has made some important progress, but there is still much to be done in order to turn this proposal into legislation that would support the development of organic in Europe,” continued IFOAM EU Vice President Sabine Eigenschink. “Some of the most difficult areas – controls, imports and thresholds – have not been dealt with yet. Furthermore, the Commission must ensure sufficient resources are devoted to resolving the long outstanding topics such as poultry and greenhouses.”

click here for the IFOAM EU group press release.