The EU postpones the application of the new organic farming regulation to 2022

16 Nov 2020

The European Union has postponed to January 1, 2022 the date of application of Regulation 2018/848 on organic production and labeling of organic products, initially scheduled for January 1, 2021.

According to Regulation 2020/1693 of the European Parliament and of the Council published this Friday in the Official Journal of the European Union (DOUE) and which comes into force tomorrow, the postponement of the application of the regulations is due to the effects of the crisis of covid-19.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and the public health crisis that it has caused represent an unprecedented challenge for the Member States and pose a heavy burden for operators in the organic production sector,” according to the text.

As detailed, “operators are concentrating their efforts on maintaining organic production and trade flows” and “cannot prepare at the same time for the start of the application of the new regulatory framework of Regulation (EU) 2018/848”.

Brussels also postpones by one year the dates related to the exceptions, reports or powers granted to the Commission to end or extend exceptions that derive directly from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.

Source: Agro Diario