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Reform of EU organic food rules delayed for further discussion

July 18, 2017

IFOAM EU announced yesterday “that the expected provisional endorsement on the outcomes of last trilogue was taken off the agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council. Even though the last compromise text took several of the organic movement’s concerns into account, it continues to present a number of potential implementation problems. These issues will need to be solved by the involved parties before the final official approval in the Council and the Parliament in autumn”.

The representatives of three EU Institutions – the Commission, the Maltese Presidency of the Council and the Parliament’s negotiating team – reached a provisional agreement on the text for a new organic regulation during the trilogue of 28 June. This agreement still needs the approval of the 28 National Agriculture Ministers (now expected in October) and of both the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (expected in October) and of the whole Parliament (expected at the end of the year/beginning of 2018).

More information is available from the IFOAM EU website.