EU declares official "Organic Day"
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The EU declared 23 September as EU Organic Day. IFOAM Organics Europe welcomes the initiative.
The three EU institutions – European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission – signed a Joint Declaration officially instating 23 September as EU Organic Day. Jan Plagge, President of IFOAM Organics Europe, welcomes the initiative. " As European organic movement, we are looking forward to collaborating with relevant institutions and interested stakeholders and all Member States and regions to make this EU Organic Day a success", he said at at the signature ceremony in Brussels.
The EU Organic Day is part of the EU Organic Action Plan that needs to be implemented by, among others, Member States through their national CAP strategic plans. " As organic movement, we call on Member States to make the best use of the possibilities offered by the new CAP to support the development of their national organic sector", Plagge said, it is time to properly reward organic farmers, and conventional farmers transitioning to organic, for the benefits they deliver to nature and society, and to properly fund farm advisory systems geared towards organic and other agroecological practices.“
IFOAM Organics Europe published a report with an overview of national budget needs to reach 25 % organic land, which makes it clear that most Member States need to increase their CAP budget dedicated to organic farming if the EU wants to reach its 25 % objective.
Eduardo Cuoco, Director of IFOAM Organics Europe said: “Together with our members, we will coordinate to celebrate this day across Europe and show the success of organic farming to regenerate European agriculture and to reconcile farming and nature”. The Director adds that “Next year, we will make sure to celebrate in style: on top of the first EU Organic Day, we will also celebrate IFOAM Organics Europe’s 20th birthday.”
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