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IFOAM EU: we need a new start for the organic regulation
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IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes stated: "IFOAM EU acknowledges the efforts from the EU Commission, Council and Parliament and is delighted to accept the European Parliament invitation to discuss further developments with organic stakeholders. After years of uncertainty for organic farmers, processors, consumers and other stakeholders, it is now time to take stock of what is actually an improvement over the current regulation, which should be used as the basis for a new start".
IFOAM EU Group who was working very intense to improve the proposal for a a new European organic regulation but after thirty-three months of hard work by all parties since the initial Commission proposal for a new organic regulation and twelve months since the start of trilogue negotiations, unfortunately the negotiations have reached a standstill and there is no positive development in sight, according to IFOAM EU. Despite the enormous efforts made during the last trialogue negotiations held under the Slovakian Presidency, the three institution did not manage to find a final compromise and decided to suspend the negotiation until further notice. Martin Häusling rapporteur and chief negotiator in the trilogue release the decision yesterday (see our earlier news).
Christopher Stopes also explained that despite the uncertainty created by the current situation, farmers and citizens are increasingly choosing organic. "To strengthen their impact and to deliver on the environmental and social goals the EU has set for itself concerning agriculture, we need a stable regulation that improves on today’s regulation and that actually supports organic development".