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EU Leaders Urge Development of Organic Sector

Sep. 17, 2014
Olive Oil Times Staff

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Last week EU offi­cials and organic stake­hold­ers met for the Eighth European Organic Congress, and the mes­sage was unan­i­mous: the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of the organic sec­tor is key for a healthy Europe.

The con­gress, which met in Bari, Italy September 10, invited European pol­i­cy­mak­ers at the national and regional lev­els, as well as stake­holder in the organic sec­tor, to dis­cuss the direc­tion of the bur­geon­ing indus­try.

Maurizio Martina, the Italian min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture explained that his coun­try is push­ing for fur­ther reg­u­la­tion of the indus­try through the European Council. The Council, which is made up of the heads of gov­ern­ment of EU-mem­ber states, is the offi­cial body which defines the bloc’s pol­icy agenda.

Italy is rep­re­sented by Matteo Renzi, the country’s President of the Council of Ministers.

The reg­u­la­tion in ques­tion is a pack­age pro­posed by the Commission aimed at improv­ing growth oppor­tu­ni­ties for the organic sec­tor. One key com­po­nent is the preser­va­tion of the EU organic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion logo, accord­ing to Alina-Stefania Ujupan, the deputy head of cab­i­net for the European Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The organic sec­tor has made dra­matic progress in recent years, and there is scope for con­tin­ued growth – above all if con­sumer con­fi­dence remains strong,” she said.

The label­ing and reg­u­la­tion of food prod­ucts has become an increas­ingly con­tentious issue across the globe, as California pro­duc­ers have moved to intro­duce a first-of-its-kind olive oil grad­ing ini­tia­tive which would equate to reg­u­la­tions stricter than those found in Europe.


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