The European Commission (EC) recently briefed the EU ministers on Agriculture on a report on the application of the regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. The EC intends to present a more detailed evaluation of the application of this regulation at the end of 2013 on the basis of an impact assessment. Following up on this debate, the EC may come forward with legal proposals at a later stage.
The regulation and its implementing texts constitute the legal framework on organic food and farming at EU level. The report considers that topics like the simplification of the legislative framework -while at the same time ensuring that the standards are not watered down-, coexistence of genetically modified crops in particular with organic farming, the improvement of the control system and of the equivalence regime in trade of organic products are key issues for future reflections about organic agriculture.
Source: Council of the EU