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IFOAM Organics Europe: EU co-financing opportunities for the promotion of organic products

IFOAM Organics Europe has sent an important letter to its members regarding co-financing possibilities for the promotion of EU agri-food products, including organic products.

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European Commission: call for public comments on EU’s new organic regulations

In June 2018, the European Union adopted new organic regulation 2018/848 that will be going into effect from January 2021, both for EU and non-EU producers.

The EU Commission is now working on secondary legislation which will contain more detailed rules on organic certification.

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Imports of organic agri-food products into the EU in 2019: a Commission brief

The European Commission has published the report “EU imports of organic agri-food products: key developments in 2019”, which takes stock of the situation on imports of agri-food products into the European Union based on the Traces data. According to the document, overall, imports of organic agri-food products remained stable between 2018 and 2019. In terms of products, imports of organic cereals decreased in 2019, while imports of tropical fruit, oilcakes, soyabeans and sugar increased.

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European Commission launches “Farm to fork” and European biodiversity strategies

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

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A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology

A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology.

“We are writing to you as supporters of the European Citizens Initiative Save Bees and Farmers   which has been already supported by over a quarter of a million EU citizens.

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EIP-AGRI workshop ‘Towards carbon neutral agriculture’ in June

Under the theme ‘Towards carbon neutral agriculture’, the European Commission and the EIP-AGRI Service Point organise a workshop, taking place on 17-18 June 2020 in Estonia. The objective of the workshop is to bring actors together, to share experiences, and to design farming systems and practices that reduce the carbon foot print of the European agricultural sector.

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COVID 19 and control system: a latter from the European Commission to the Member States

We publish a letter sent by the European Commission to all Member States where the Commission announces specific measures related to the impact of COVID 19 crisis on the control system. It concerns control performed by control bodies both in the EU and in third countries, Certificate of Inspection, implementation of the guidelines for additional controls (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine) and OFIS notification.   

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EU agricultural outlook for markets and income 2019-2030

The report, elaborated by the European Commission, provides a medium-term outlook for major EU agricultural markets and agricultural income to 2030. It is based on a set of coherent macroeconomic assumptions deemed most plausible at the time of the analysis, including the continuation of current agricultural and trade policies. The analysis relies on information available at the end of September 2019 for agricultural production and on an agro-economic model used by the European Commission. An analysis is undertaken also from the organic sector.

Source: European Commission

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Organic rules: the EU FAQ

We publish a EU document compiling questions and answers regarding the provisions of Regulations (EC) No 834/2007, (EC) No 889/2008 and (EC) No 1235/2008. This document is provided for information purposes only by the Commission services and is not a legally binding document. In the event of a dispute involving Union law, it is ultimately for the European Court of Justice to provide a definitive interpretation of the applicable Union Law.

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