The EU Commission has proposed to postpone the date of entry into force of the new Organic legislation, subject to vote of approval by the Council. Further to the Commission’s proposal to postpone the date of enforcement with a year. there is an expectation that;
- Production rules will be simplified through the phasing out of a number of exceptions and opt outs,
- The control system will be strengthened thanks to tighter precautionary measures and robust checks along the entire supply chain
- Producers in third countries will have to comply with the same set of rules as those producing in the EU,
- Organic rules will cover a wider list of products (e.g. salt for food and feed, natural cork, beeswax, maté, vine leaves, palm hearts, wool, raw hides and skins) and will have additional production rules (e.g. deer, rabbits and poultry),
- Certification will be more accessible for small farmers thanks to a new system of group certification, as the new Regulation allows producer group certification in EU-member states
- There will be a more uniform approach to reducing the risk of accidental contamination from pesticides,
- Exemptions for production in demarcated beds in greenhouses will be phased out.