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OF&G UK: the EU regulation review must be rejected
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OF&G one of the UK’s leading organic certifiers has taken active steps to bring about the outright rejection of the process and stop any further discussion on the proposed new regulation.
In a statement OF&G explained that they have worked hard to offer assistance to officials over the past 2½ years to bring about the best possible outcome for the negotiation of a new EU Organic Regulation.
"We have always maintained that the current regulatory framework already provides a strong basis for the development of organic food and farming and would have preferred a review of the current regulation (status quo plus). We have, however, worked positively on the new proposal in an effort to improve it."
But negotiations between the Commission, Council and Parliament have not succeeded in reaching a political agreement on the text after 14 Trilogues and numerous other technical meetings. "The failure of the negotiations, in spite of the time, effort and hard work from all involved, indicates that the proposal put forward by the Commission is clearly not fit for purpose. There still remains some ‘red lines’ for us and even if agreement can be found on these the text will still not offer any advantages over the current rules. Indeed, much of the technical coherence has been lost in the protracted negotiations", OF&G writes.
OF&G takes active steps to bring about the outright rejection of the process
For this reason OF&G have taken active steps to bring about the outright rejection of the process and stop any further discussion on the proposed new regulation. To help facilitate this we are working with European organic group IFOAM EU and along with others in the UK we are asking Defra to support our position at this critical point of the process.
We would, however, support a review of the current regulation in the context of the practical challenges faced by our operators and UK consumers.
The letter sent today from the organic sector to the minister requesting Defra’s support.