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Opinion Number: CDR 4832/2014
Rapporteur: MAIJ Hester
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 04/12/2014
 
expresses its preference for the policy option explored by the Commission of improving the status quo on the basis of improvements to, and more effective implementation of, the existing legislation;
believes that the integrity of entrepreneurs is the basis for sustainable growth and consumer confidence. Integrity cannot be enforced solely by tightening the rules. The more stringent rules directly impact the continuity of the sector;
recommends leaving the option of parallel production open;
is not in favour of moving from a system of best efforts obligation to an obligation to achieve results by introducing in Article 20 a threshold for non-authorised substances in organic products;
recommends that the delegated acts in Chapter III, Production rules, be developed as part of the main text in order to give the CoR the opportunity to express a view on this essential part of the rules;
is disappointed with the action plan for three reasons. First, it has no specific objective. Secondly, the plan has no budget of its own. Thirdly, the local and regional dimension is missing even though it is mentioned in the general principles of organic production and even though local and regional authorities are directly involved in the development of organic farming as co-financiers of rural development programme measures;
recommends that a platform be established to supervise and evaluate the action plan. The platform would promote and evaluate the implementation of the action plan;
advises the Commission to establish a target of 10% organically cultivated land by 2020.
The concerns expressed by the Member States during the AGRIFISH meeting of the Council of the European Union on 10 November largely match the CoR concerns (The need to reintroduce the possibility to have mixed organic and non-organic production and to maintain exceptional rules necessary to address the significant differences in geographical and socio-economical conditions throughout Europe).

Furthermore, the rapporteur participated at the hearing in the EP AGRI committee to present the draft opinion before its adoption at the CoR Plenary. The Chair of the AGRI committee, Mr Siekierski stressed that the committee attaches great importance to the CoR pinion. Generally speaking, the concerns in the EP go in the same direction as the ones expressed by the CoR.

Finally, European Commission indicated in the annex of its Work Programme for 2015 that the proposal will be withdrawn and replaced by a new initiative, if there is no agreement within six months.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- endorses the objectives set by the Commission for organic production: removing obstacles to the sustainable development of organic production, promoting the efficient development of the single market and ensuring fair competition for farmers and market participants and maintaining or increasing consumer confidence in organic products;

- expresses its preference for the policy option explored by the Commission of improving the status quo on the basis of improvements to, and more effective implementation of, the existing legislation;

- notes that the Commission has in fact opted for a radical change to the law, with standards being tightened and all flexibility being removed;

- believes that the integrity of entrepreneurs is the basis for sustainable growth and consumer confidence. Integrity cannot be enforced solely by tightening the rules. The more stringent rules directly impact the continuity of the sector;

- recommends leaving the option of parallel production open;

- is not in favour of moving from a system of best efforts obligation to an obligation to achieve results by introducing in Article 20 a threshold for non-authorised substances in organic products;

- recommends that the delegated acts in Chapter III, Production rules, be developed as part of the main text in order to give the CoR the opportunity to express a view on this essential part of the rules;

- is disappointed with the action plan for three reasons. First, it has no specific objective. Secondly, the plan has no budget of its own. Thirdly, the local and regional dimension is missing even though it is mentioned in the general principles of organic production and even though local and regional authorities are directly involved in the development of organic farming as co-financiers of rural development programme measures;

- recommends that a platform be established to supervise and evaluate the action plan. The platform would promote and evaluate the implementation of the action plan;

- advises the Commission to establish a target of 10% organically cultivated land by 2020.

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CoR Commission activity

External meeting of the NAT commission : Action plan for the future of organic production in the EU: time for regions to act

 
11 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Press release : Regions warn EU plans will damage flourishing organic sector

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Hearing in Com AGRI, EP The rapporteur took the floor at the beginning of the hearing to present the draft opinion before its adoption at the CoR Plenary. The Chair of the AGRI committee, Mr Siekierski stressed that the committee attaches great importance to the CoR opinion. Generally speaking, the concerns in the EP go in the same direction as the ones expressed by the CoR.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The future of organic farming in the European UnionDiscussing the amendment of the regulation of organic farming in the European Union at the Representation of the Free State of Bavariato the European Union

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Countering the climate challenge in European Regions with Organic farmingThe public seminar gave the floor to both leading scientists in the field of agriculture and climate change as well as to representatives of the EU institutions. They approached the theme of the event ‘Countering the climate challenge in European rural regions’ from their respective angels and try to join forces. Target audience were representatives of the European Parliament and Commission as well as from civil society groups.

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Open days : promoting and protecting European Specialities

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Hausling, EP rapporteur

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Onofre, DG AGRI, head of unit in charge

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission

 
02 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Revision of the Organic Farming legislation – which framework is needed for the organic sector?

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholders consultation

 
09 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

DeventerProvince of OverijsselLunch meeting Beyond organic – how to get there?Mr Joel Salatin, from Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia was invited to start this discussion by sharing his view on inspiring pathways to an economy based on ecological value. The discussion was moderated by mr Dick Veerman editor in chief of foodlog.

 
07 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference organised by the IFOAM EU and the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU on legislative proposal for a new organic EU regulationThe organic sector discussed the legislative proposal during a stakeholder conference jointly organised by IFOAM EU and the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU on 29 April. An overwhelming majority of the 140 participants from the organic sector, NGOs and Member states agreed that the proposal, in its current form, is inadequate. It fails to deliver a positive vision for progressive, principle based, organic development.

 
28 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The NAT commission appointed Ms Willemien Hester MAIJ rapporteur for the opinion on Action Plan for the future of Organice Production in EU

 
07 Apr
 

European Commission

Legislative proposal published

 
23 Mar
 

European Commission

Adoption by the European Commission

 
23 Mar
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