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Reform of Organic: What Changes from Rome to Bruxelles

The debate on EU reform of organic, on standby since December, has reopened.

The Eu Council Presidency, conducted by the Republic of Malta, has presented a compromise document that this week will be submitted to the experts of different countries, to get the green light before February the 27th to resume negotiations with Parliament and Commission, that will lead to the final approval of the reform1.

The content, as reported by Ansa news agency, introduces changes on some very controversial points.

Among them, it disappears the automatic decertification in case of accidental presence of pesticides on organic products, supported by countries such as Italy and Belgium. On the other hand, it has reaffirmed the principle that organic production should be made on ground, as our country wishes, and not in pots in greenhouses, as some northern European countries would.

Meanwhile in Italy the Agriculture Committee of the House of Parliament has adopted the “Consolidated Law” on organic agriculture.

In our country the organic sector has a total value of 3 billion euro and this law with Ministerial Decree, expected by the “Collegato Agricolo” draft law, aims to standardize controls and penalties for companies to further promote the industry growth, especially in international markets.