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Start of application of the new EU organic regulation postponed to 1.1.2022

EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski announced on Friday, September 4th, 2020 that the scope of the new EU Organic Regulation 2018/848 will be postponed by one year. Originally, the new EU Organic Regulation 2018/848 passed in June 2017 should have applied from January 1, 2021.

The further course of action is now clear. Since this is an amendment to the basic legal act, the consent of the co-legislators Council and European Parliament must now be obtained. Together with numerous other EU member states and the Agriculture Committee of the EU Parliament, Austria had already spoken out in favor of a postponement in May.

More time to develop the legal basis and legal certainty for actors

The new EU organic regulation contains numerous implementing acts, around a third of which should have been completed by the time the new regulation came into force. The current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic had caused some delays in the development of the legal basis. The proposal that has now been submitted is intended to give sufficient time to work out the legal texts that are still open, in particular on organic controls and third-country trade at EU level. This gives the EU member states the time they need to submit the national legal bases for the application of the EU organic regulation in good time, and the sector gains time to properly implement the new rules.

On September 4, 2020, the European Commission simultaneously launched a public consultation on the new action plan for the development of organic agriculture at EU level, which gives citizens, national authorities and stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the draft of the plan.

This is because organic agriculture is given special importance in the orientation towards a more sustainable food production system and better protection of biological diversity. This is also evident in the two future strategies “From farm to table” and the “Biodiversity strategy 2030” as part of the European Commission's Green Deal, which accordingly formulate the ambitious goal of increasing the proportion of organic land to 25 percent by 2030 .