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Jan Plagge elected President of IFOAM EU

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Jan Plagge, new IFOAM-EU-President photo BÖLW
Jan Plagge, new IFOAM-EU-President photo BÖLW

The German President of the organic association Bioland and Board Member of BÖLW, Jan Plagge, who was also Vice President of IFOAM EU, was elected President of the IFOAM-EU Group yesterday evening.

As an acknowledged connoisseur of European politics, Plagge will lead the fate of the leading European association. At the top of IFOAM EU's agenda are the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy CAP, the debate on novel genetic engineering and the revision of the special regulations of the EU Organic Regulation. The Dutchwoman Marian Blom and the Czech Jiří Lehejček support Plagge as new vice president.

The new board of IFOAM EU:

Jan Plagge succeeds the British Christopher Stopes, who has represented IFOAM EU as President since 2009. The IFOAM EU elected Marian Blom (Bionext) from the Netherlands and Jiří Lehejček (Czech Technological Platform for Organic Agriculture) to the position of Vice President of the IFOAM EU Board.

The sector representatives have been appointed:

Thomas Fertl (BIO AUSTRIA, Austria), Sector Representative for Agriculture
Roberto Pinton (AssoBio, Italy), sector representative for processing and trade
Michel Reynauld (ECOCERT SA, France), certification sector representative

Further board members were elected:

Sylvie Dulong (Agrobio, France)
Kristin Karlsson (Organic Sweden, Sweden)
Virginiya Luksiene, (EKOAGROS PI, Lithuania)


IFOAM EU is an independent regional group within IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. It represents more than 300 IFOAM member organisations in the 28 member states, the candidate countries and EFTA states throughout the EU. The member organisations cover the entire range of the organic sector: Consumer, agricultural, processing and trade organisations; research, educational and advisory organisations; certification bodies and organic companies.




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