MEP
IN ACTION
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
AFTER A 4-YEAR LONG PROCEDURE, A DEFINITIVE POSITION IS AGREED ON THE “EUROPEAN ORGANIC REGULATION”

On Thursday, 19th April, during the plenary week, the report from Martin HÄUSLING on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on organic production and labelling of organic products (the so-called “Organic Regulation”) has been adopted (466 votes in favour, 124 against, 50 abstentions). This is a long-awaited end of an ordinary legislative procedure launched four years ago, with rowdiness and controversies.

The ALDE French delegation welcomes this step forward. Even though we can regret that the legislative compromise is keeping a status quo concerning pesticide contamination thresholds and hydroponics, we are delighted that real positive measures have been adopted for the European organic agriculture. The European Parliament won the case on, among others, the annual and unexpected control of operators in the supply chain as well as on the imports from third countries, for which the European organic standard will be strictly applied from now on, putting an end to the equivalence requirement that will be replaced by the conformity requirement.

It is a response to a dual need: the consumers’ and producers’ ones. There is an increased demand for organic products on the market and a dynamic, but insufficient, evolution of the cultivated area destined to this production in Europe. Therefore, the European Commission and the European Parliament had to redefine the rules of the “organic” market, in a context of a recovery of the “organic” imports from third countries. Our purpose is to guarantee the same rules of production, a better tracking as well as controls and certifications destined to preserve the trust of consumers on this market. After many delays, due to a clash within the Council, this normative package will enter into force on 1st July 2020.