March 30, 2006
Recommendations for the revision of the Council regulation on organic production
In December 2005 the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new regulation on organic production.
In order to qualify the discussion following the adoption, the Organic Revision project nominated three contested areas that needed further analyses.
In order to provide an understanding for the different views reflected by various stakeholder groups at least three different perspectives with different interests in Organic Food & Farming has been identified:
Each perspective entails a certain understanding of Organic Food and Farming with certain concepts and values and a particular logic or rationality
Ideally the Council Regulation should take into account all major perspectives on organic agriculture within EU in order to make the most suitable regulation for production, trade and consumption of organic products in EU.
In the current version of the proposal the market perspective is considered very well. The other two perspectives are mentioned, but it is particularly difficult to see where the organic movement perspective and organic values are taken into account.
The overall objective of Organic Revision is to provide recommendations for revision and further development of the EU regulation. In order to make its work as relevant as possible in relation to this objective, the projects has nominated three contested areas that need to be further analysed in order to provide a more secure basis for decisions on regulation:
These issues have been refocused as a consequence of the discussion on the Commission's draft.
In order to accommodate the most urgent needs, the project (Alrøe and Padel) has already provided preliminary comments on Title II of the EC Proposal.
The conclusions are in short:
At the Joint European Organic Congress the Organic Revision project conducted a theme with sessions on: