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Planul de acțiune al UE pentru producția ecologică

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Opinion Number: CDR 1968/2021
Rapporteur: BREŽAN Uroš
Commission: NAT
Status: Currently in discussion
Date: 02/12/2021
 
 urges the European Commission to establish a platform for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the action plan, bringing together all stakeholders, particularly representatives of LRAs;
 calls on LRAs to get involved in the creation of Bio districts, supporting the development of bottom-up initiatives which can contribute to developing rural areas and increasing consumption of local organic products
 stresses that in order to triple the EU organic land area by 2030, a three to five fold increase in CAP expenditure on organic farming is needed, meaning that up to 15% of CAP spending should be dedicated to the organic sector
 recommends that the Commission thoroughly evaluate the national strategic plans submitted by the Member States in order to monitor that they will contribute to achieve the target of 25% of agricultural land devoted to organic farming by 2030
 recommends that the Member States introduce a bonus-malus system as part of the eco-schemes of the new CAP and investigate how the "polluter pays" principle can be implemented
 highlights the nutritional and environmental benefits in consuming organic food and calls to address the question of accessibility to the consumption of organic products, both in terms of affordability and availability of organic products at points of sale that are easily reachable by consumers, in order to allow all consumers to purchase organic food
 proposes tweaking the EU organic logo by adding the words "EU organic" as well as the possibility of indicating the production region under the green leaf in order to increase consumer recognition;
 is pleased that the European Commission intends to organise a yearly EU-wide "Organic Day"
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 welcomes the EU action plan for organic farming and the ambitious EU-wide target set out in the Farm to Fork Strategy of 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030;

 points out that LRAs are best placed to know and address the actual needs of local organic sectors; thus, to achieve the objectives of the new organic action plan, they should be closely involved in both the implementation and the evaluation of its actions;

 urges the European Commission to establish a platform for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the action plan, bringing together all stakeholders, particularly representatives of LRAs;

 calls on LRAs to get involved in the creation of Bio districts, supporting the development of bottom-up initiatives which can contribute to developing rural areas and increasing consumption of local organic products;

 stresses that in order to triple the EU organic land area by 2030, a three to five fold increase in CAP expenditure on organic farming is needed, meaning that up to 15% of CAP spending should be dedicated to the organic sector;

 recommends that the Commission thoroughly evaluate the national strategic plans submitted by the Member States in order to monitor that they will contribute to achieve the target of 25% of agricultural land devoted to organic farming by 2030;

 recommends that the Member States introduce a bonus-malus system as part of the eco-schemes of the new CAP and investigate how the "polluter pays" principle can be implemented;

 highlights the nutritional and environmental benefits in consuming organic food and calls to address the question of accessibility to the consumption of organic products, both in terms of affordability and availability of organic products at points of sale that are easily reachable by consumers, in order to allow all consumers to purchase organic food;

 proposes tweaking the EU organic logo by adding the words "EU organic" as well as the possibility of indicating the production region under the green leaf in order to increase consumer recognition;

 is pleased that the European Commission intends to organise a yearly EU-wide "Organic Day".
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