Commission proposal for revised rules on organic farming
On 25 March, the European Commission is expected to present a proposal for revised rules on organic farming. The new proposal focuses on three objectives:
- maintaining consumer confidence, by strengthening rules on production, in line with consumer concerns and reinforcing and improving the control system, so that European consumers have better guarantees on organic products in the EU.
- maintaining producers' confidence in the system by applying the same production rules throughout the EU, thereby guaranteeing fair competition for organic producers and uniformly high standards. European farmers, producers and retailers will have access to a larger market, both within and outside the EU.
- removing obstacles to developing organic farming in the EU. These include complex, unclear legislation; technical and structural obstacles to switching to organic production or maintaining organic methods; high certification costs and the administrative burden. It will be easier to join the EU's organic scheme.
Press conference at the end of the midday briefing with Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.
IP and memo will be available on the day.
A technical briefing with experts from DG AGRI will also be organised (still to be confirmed).