EU in brief: Organic talks in limbo
This week could mark the last chance for new EU organics rules, which have become mired in legalistic wrangling.
The rules were first tabled more than two years ago to encourage the take-up of organic farming, which has not kept up with the fast-growing market for organic products.
While the major stumbling block is still whether to set limits for pesticide residues in organic food and feed, negotiators have become embroiled in a row over who has the power to set technical standards.
Talks on the proposal will resume this week, but the Commission has threatened to withdraw it if there is no progress made.
It will decide in October whether there is still a chance of agreement.
Commission plans cap ‘fitness test’
A European Commission advisory group has recommended that the Common Agricultural Policy undergo a wide-ranging review, or “fitness check”.
It follows a declaration at a major conference in Cork earlier this month that EU agricultural “policies must be accountable and fit for purpose”.
Over 100 environmental, social and health groups have called for the CAP to be overhauled.