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Organic farming legislation – Revision of regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy podcast]

Written by James McEldowney (3rd edition),

This briefing updates earlier editions, of September (PE 568.317), and October 2015 (PE 596.036), drafted by Francesco Tropea.

Organic farming legislation

© European Union, 2015

Developing organic production is an EU policy objective. While the EU organic market is constantly expanding, only 6 % of total EU agricultural area is used for organic cultivation, and the difference between EU demand and production is covered by growing imports. To overcome the regulatory obstacles to the development of the sector and increase consumer confidence in the EU organic logo, the Commission adopted a proposal in March 2014 for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products, repealing the current framework dating from 2007. Following a series of trilogue meetings, the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on 28 June 2017. The Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture endorsed the agreement, which the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee subsequently approved on 22 November 2017. The full Parliament and Council now need to approve the text before the new regulation can enter into force.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on organic production and labelling of organic products repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007.
Committee responsible:


Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)

Martin Häusling (Greens/EFA, Germany)

COM(2014) 180
of 24.03.2014

procedure ref.: 2014/0100(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: vote in plenary

Listen to podcast ‘Revision of regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products‘.

Evolution of the total area under organic cultivation in the EU-28 (million ha)

Evolution of the total area under organic cultivation in the EU-28

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