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Friday, 17 May 2013

EU to facilitate trade with organic products

The European Commission is to facilitate international trade with organic products, and support access for developing countries’ organic products to EU markets, the Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 13 May 2013 concluded.
The Council adopted some important conclusions on Organic farming, including the Application of the regulatory framework and development of the sector.
The current legal framework for the organic farming sector is to be reviewed, with a view to improving its usability, and to reducing to the minimum the various exceptions outlined in the  regulations.
In the same time, there are intentions to encourage the promotion of the organic sector and increased consumption of organic produce through a harmonization of the application of the EU logo, as well as on-line information campaigns.
On 10th of April the public consultation on a new regulation on the organic production in Europe. 45 000 responses have been submitted to the online, out of which 96% were from citizens. These will feed the reflexion on a new framework regulation.

Source: agri.eu