Written by Francesco Tropea (2nd edition)
The development of organic production is a political objective of the EU. Although its organic market has constantly expanded, the EU’s organic land area still represents only 6% of the total agricultural area and the difference between EU demand and production is covered by growing imports. To overcome the regulatory obstacles to the development of the sector and increase consumer confidence in the EU organic logo, in March 2014 the Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products, repealing Regulation No 834/2007. EU Agriculture Ministers agreed in June 2015 on a Council general approach to the proposal. On 13 October 2015, the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee voted on its draft report on the proposal and the mandate to begin negotiations with the Council.
- October 2015: Organic farming legislation – Revision of regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products (2nd edition)