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Food Law News - EU - 2014

Council Minutes, 24 March 2014

ORGANIC FOOD  – Council consideration: New proposal on organic farming

The following is an extract from the Minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held on the 24 March 2014:

The Commission presented to the ministers a proposal for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. In December last year, the Council was briefed on the main results of the public consultation on organic farming conducted by the Commission.

The Commission proposes a review of the legal and political aspects of organic production and farming in Europe. The proposal acknowledges that the current EU policy on organic production has drawbacks (complex legislation and unclear provisions, deficiencies in the control system and in the trade regime, significant administrative burden, lack of opportunities for EU producers, etc.).

Both the current legislation on organic farming and the European organic action plan should be modernised.

The main elements of the Commission's new proposal are the following:

The Presidency will start examination of the legislative proposal in the coming weeks.

For related item on this topic (and additional links), see: 25 March 2014 ORGANIC FOOD  - Organics: Commission proposal for more and better


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