New European regulation on organics: where do things stand now ?

30.03.16

Despite the relative youth of the current European regulation on organics (in force since 2009), the obligation to align its regulation with that of the Lisbon Treaty has pushed the Commission to review its strategy. After a phase of hearings and enquiries with stakeholders in the organic sector and with consumers, the European Commission published a proposal for a new European regulation on organics in March 2014.

The European Council and the European Parliament have been working closely with industry players on this proposal to generate suggestions for modifying the initial text. ECOCERT has actively participated in the discussions initiated by these European authorities.

Accordingly, in June 2015, the European Commission issued an amended version of the initial text. The European Parliament followed this in October 2015 with a document containing almost 1,500 amendments.

A new stage in the European legislative process then began: the trialogue. Based on the initial text and the amendments proposed by the European Council and the European Parliament, a discussion between the three parties took place during the month of December 2015 (2 meetings have been held to date) and will continue in 2016. This trialogue will generate a common text which will constitute the new EU regulation on organics.

Even if a compromise text is arrived at during the course of 2016, it is not expected to be implemented before January 2018 at the earliest. By then, the European Commission will have incorporated the additional texts into the base text, which will set out the provisions that have already been adopted, something that’s essential in order to implement this new regulation.

 

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