Thursday, 18 June 2015

EU regulation: organic farming & labels

The 3397th Council meeting Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 16 June 2015 reached agreement on a general approach on a proposal for a regulation on organic farming. The proposal is aimed at revising the existing legislation on organic production and labelling of organic products so as to remove obstacles to the development of organic production in the EU, guarantee fair competition for farmers and operators and improve consumer confidence in organic products. The agreement on organic production and labelling of organic products will make it possible to launch negotiations between the Parliament and the Council with a view to reaching a political agreement between the EU institutions. In the Parliament, the vote on the report presented by the rapporteur is expected to take place in mid-July or mid-September 2015 in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.