Official Letters

Organic Regulations

Open letter to the European Commission on agri-business mergers 27 March 2017
Open letter to the European Commission on agri-business mergers

On the organic regulation negotiations: The organic regulation review has reached a dead end – we need to turn around 7 December 2016
Open letter to the trilogue negotiators

On organic aquaculture - Use of non-organic juvenils on Organic Production 19 November 2015
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit; 
To Mr Joost Paardekooper, Acting Head of DG MARE Unit A2 Common Fisheries and Aquaculture and Mr Dario Dubolino, Unit A2 at DG MARE, European Commission

On the upcoming Trilogue Negotiations on the New Organic Regulation  18 November 2015 
To Mr Martin Hausling, Luxembourgish Presidency, Member States and Commission

On organic viticulture 19 December 2014
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On organic aquaculture under Regulation (EU)No 834/2007 12 November 2014
To Mr Ernesto Bianchi, Head of Unit A2 at DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission; João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit, European Commission; Mr Dario Dubolino, Unit A2 at DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

On protein feed - article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 27 March 2014
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On alternatives to the use of copper and treat downy mildew in organic viticulture 18 February 2014
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On exceptional rules and on organic food processing 30 December 2013
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On the imminent further implementation of the organic aquaculture regulation (EC) No 710/2009 24 June 2013
To Mr Christian Rambaud, Head of Unit B2, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On Annex IX 15 May 2013
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On control procedures within the Organic Regulation 19 December 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On US Interim Rule on fortification of organic products with vitamins and minerals 19 December 2012
To United States Department of Agriculture

On parity in the use of Stevia rebaudiana in the European Union 6 December 2012
To Ms Chantal Bruetschy Head of DG Sanco Innovation and Sustainability Unit

How to improve controls and inspections within the organic control system 9 November 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On production of antibiotic free livestock products 9 November 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Comments on EOCC Pesticide Residues Guidelines 31 October 2012
To Mr Michel Reynaud, President of EOCC - European Organic Certifiers Council

EU/US equivalence agreement: question list 19 September 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

EU/US equivalence agreement: control measures for livestock products 25 July 2012
To Ms Christine Gerstgrasser, DG AGRI Organic Unit

Comments on Annexes I, II, XII and Article 21 of Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 6 July 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On further requirements for the environmental performance of operations involved in organic processing and trade 5 July 2012
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Concerns on the Commission working document for amendments to Regulation (EC) No 889/2008, regarding annexes I, II and XII 17 May 2012
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Main concerns on the recent Commission proposals for amendments to Regulation (EC) No 889/2008, regarding animal feed 28 March 2012
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Proposal of cooperation on “Communication from Commission on sustainable food” announced as part of the “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” 7 February 2012
To Mr Pavel Misiga Head of Unit, Sustainable Food Production & Consumption, and to Mr Benjamin Caspar, Policy officer, Sustainable Food Production & Consumption at DG Environment

On proposals for amendments to Regulation 889/2008 20 October 2011
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Concerns about the intention to extend the scope of the Ecolabel to include agricultural food products, processed foods and products from aquaculture 27 September 2011
To Mr Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment and Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

On protection or enhancement of the authenticity and naturalness of organic foods 30 May 2011
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On technical details for processing of organic foods 20 May 2011
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On processing – Annexes VIII and IX of Reg. (EC) No 889/2008 ‐ the first areas to be discussed by the expert group 17 November 2010
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On European standards for natural and organic cosmetics 17 November 2010
To Ms Sabine Lecrenier, Head of Unit - Cosmetics and medical devices unit DG SANCO, Directorate B - Consumer Affairs

On rosemary extract, ion exchange and glycerol (organic certification of additive, restricted use of organic additives) 22 July 2010
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On sulphite levels in organic wine regulation and future exchange 15 June 2010
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

On SO2 levels in organic wine regulation 10 June 2010
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

On availability of GMO free vitamin B2 22 April 2010
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Reminder of letters sent on 14/09/2009 (Crucial topics - processed organic food) 12/11/2009 (Labelling of origin) 29 March 2010
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On new EU logo for organic products: transition period and date for the new logo release 4 December 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On organic wine making - sulphites 4 December 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On the Novel Foods Regulation 4 November 2009
To Ms Paola Testori – Coggi, Deputy Director General, DG Sanco

Clarifications to the IFOAM EU position on organic wine making 28 October 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Crucial topics - processed organic food 14 September 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On flavours in food law 5 August 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On EU Directive establishing a framework for the protection of soil July 2009
To Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Mr Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden; Mr Andreas Carlgren, Minister for the Environment; Mr Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, President of the Spanish Government; Ms Elena Espinosa Mangana, Minister for the Environment

On the new implementing rules draft for organic aquaculture, version 5 June 25 June 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On the new implementing rules draft for organic aquaculture, version 30 April 12 May 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On additives in organic quality 8 May 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

Annex to the IFOAM EU Group position on key issues of the aquaculture implementing rules 30 March 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On aquaculture implementing rules 30 March 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On aquaculture implementing rules 27 February 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit



Common Agriculture Policy and Rural Development

Open letter to MEPs to support amendments proposed in the Commission Delegated Regulation 639/2014 to ban pesticides on EFAs 1 March 2017
To Members of the European Parliament
By BirdLife International, Buglife, Compassion in World Farming, European Environmental Bureau, Pesticide Action Network Europe, IFOAM EU

For healthy farms, people and planet the next CAP reform must deliver public goods 19 January 2017
Open letter to Mr Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chair, Vice-Chairs and Coordinators of European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development , Maltese EU Presidency and Agriculture Council Special Committee on Agriculture

Implementation of Ecological Focus Areas and impacts on biodiversity 29 June 2015
To Mr Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
By BirdLife International, Arche Noah, EFNCP, Pesticide Action Network, Slow Food, European Environmental Bureau, Compassion in World Farming, IFOAM EU

On using CAP rural development programmes to maximise the impact of the new EU Organic Action Plans 28 May 2014
To Mr João Onofre, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On CAP implementation must enhance agro-ecological solutions, not support agrochemicals [2] 09 April 2014
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
To Prof. Athanasios Tsaftaris, Minister for Rural Development and Food, Greek EU Presidency [2]
By APRODEV, ARC 2020, Bee life, Compassion in World Farming, European Coordination Via Campesina, European Public Health Allaince, Eurocoop, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU, Pesticide Action Network, Slow Food

On risks of suspension and cuts to organic farming support payments 21 March 2014
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Letter to the attention of President Barroso in view of the college debate on the Common Agricultural Policy delegated acts 6 March 2014
To Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
By Arc2020, Pesticide Action Network Europe, BirdLife International, European Environmental Bureau, WWF, Slow Food, FoEE, IFOAM EU, European Beekeeping Coordination and Europarc Federation

On the CAP delegated acts 24 January 2014
To Mr Georg Häusler, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Cioloş

On EAFRD delegated act - organic payments and greening 14 November 2013
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Boost sustainable investments in rural areas and green job creation. Reject further cuts to Pillar 2 September 2013
By European Environmental Bureau, Pesticide Action Network, Friends of the Earth Europe, BirdLife Europe, Arc 2020, WWF, Euro Coop and IFOAM EU

Civil Society alarmed by the prospect of regressive Common Agricultural Policy reform 28 February 2013
To members of the European Parliament
By BirdLife International, European Environmental Bureau, IFOAM EU Group, WWF et al.

A message to EU Heads of State: No more blank cheques for harmful agriculture! 8 November 2012
By European Environmental Bureau, Euronatur, WWF, IFOAM EU and BirdLife

European Parliamentarians must demand full transparency in CAP decision-making process 7 May 2012
To Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
By European Environmental Bureau, Birdlife Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory, Euro coop, EUROPARC, European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium, Eurogroup for Animals, Food and Water Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group, WWF European Policy Office, Association of WCC-related Development Organisations in Europe

New CAP should address EU protein deficit and support local protein production 20 March 2012
To the Chairman Mr. Paolo De Castro and Members of the Agricultural Committee
By Wervel vzw, Aarde Boer Consument, Algemeen Boerensyndicaat, Vlaams Agrarisch Centrum, Friends of the Earth Europe, FUGEA, CSA Belgium, IFOAM EU, Via Campesina Austria, Food & Water Watch, Bretaone Agriculture Sol Environnement, Nederlandse Melkveehouders Vakbond, Farmers for Action, PFSA Belgium, ADG, De Verenigning voor Varkenshouders, Appo, CNCD, Fédération Inter-Environnement Wallonie, NAV, FWA, FJA

RE: Inter-Service Consultation on CAP reform: concerns that greening of the CAP is being jeopardised and losing environmental focus 1 September 2011
By BirdLife Europe, Butterfly Conservation Europe, EUROPARC Federation, European Environmental Bureau, European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace European Unit, IFOAM EU Group, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, WWF European Policy Office

On financial perspectives 2014-2020, future of rural development programmes 22 June 2011
Open letter to Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Seed

Request for prolongation of the temporary experiment set up by Commission implementing Decision 2014/150/EU providing for certain derogations for the marketing of populations of plant species 12 July 2017
To Mrs Dorothée ANDRÉ, Head of Unit, Plant Health, DG Health and Food Safety

Vote on the McIntyre report in COMAGRI 26 April 2016
To Members of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Stop patents on conventionally bred seeds, plants and animals 3 February 2016
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Director-General Lowri Evans, for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

EP Resolution on Patents and Plant Breeders Rights 17 December 2015
To Members of the European Parliament

Call for an ambitious reform of the EU seed and Plant Reproductive Material (PRM) marketing law 16 July 2015 To Commission President Jean Paul Juncker, First Vice-President  Frans Timmermans and Commissoner Vytenis Andriukaitis by Arche Noah, IFOAM EU, European Coordination Via Campesina, Corporate Europe Observatory, Bee Life Europe, ActAlliance EU, Bread for All, Demeter Internation EU Liaison Office, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and European Environmental Bureau

GMOs

Open letter to Commission President Juncker - Genetically Modified Organisms and democratic principles 10 April by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, IFOAM EU, Safe Food Advocacy Europe, Slow Food and Testbiotech, and the technical annex to the open letter.

NGOs letter - Objection to the authorisation of GM maize varieties - vote on the 5th April 3 April 2017 to MEPs by Friend of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, IFOAM EU and Slow Food

Open letter - Improved EU decision-making in the area of health and consumer protection 13 February To Commission President Juncker by Greenpeace, Friend of the Earth, HEAL, Pesticides Action Network and IFOAM EU 

Oppose authorisation of three genetically modified (GM) maize for cultivation 5 July 2016
To experts of the Standing Committee by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Slow Food, Testbiotech, FoodWater Europe and IFOAM EU

Open letter on new invasive species in Spain that can outcross with genetically modified maize 24 February 2016
To Vytenis Andiukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Open letter to Commission President Juncker: Keeping your promise to make EU GMO decisions more democratic 8 April 2015. To Comission President Jean Paul Juncker by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, Slow Food and Food and Water Europe.

On the Environment Committee vote on the ammendments on Tuesday 11 November on national bans on genetically modified crops cultivation 4 November 2013.
To Environment Committee MEPs members and substitutes members by Corporate Observatory Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group, Greenpeace and Slow Food

On the Environment Committee debate on Wednesday 3 September on the cultivation of genetically modified crops 1 September 2014
To Ms Ries, Member of the European Parliament
By Corporate Observatory Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group, Greenpeace, Slow Food and Nature and Progress

On protection of food and farm sector from GMO contamination 9 July 2010
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

ECOB draft for a Best Practice Document for maize coexistence 2009
To Mr Martin Scheele, Head of Unit, Environment, GMO and genetic resources DG AGRI



Farm, Food & Environment

Open letter: EU LULUCF rules will set a precedent
To Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy

Open letter to environment ministers on the Effort Sharing and the LULUCF Regulations October 2016
To Environment Ministers of EU member states

Upcoming exchange of views in the Agriculture Council on climate and agriculture (May 17) with particular reference to the forthcoming Effort Sharing Decision and LULUCF proposals 13 May 2016
To Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cc Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Letter to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, the EU's largest climate instrument, is fit for purpose 22 April 2016
To Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cc Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy

Open letter by 76 public health, environmental, civil society, organic farming and animal welfare organisations on the opening of the trilogue negotiations on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive 22 February 2016
To: Environment Ministers of EU Member States, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Chair of the European Parliament Environment Committee and MEPs Julie Girling, Seb Dance, Jens Gieseke, Catherine Bearder, Kateřina Konečná, Bas Eickhout and Piernicola Pedicini

Petition to the European Parliament 'Preserving and managing European farmland as our common wealth: A CSO Call for a sustainable and fair EU governance of farmland 24 February 2015
To European Parliament

Glyphosate - Need for a robust and credible scientific assessment of carcinogenicity 29 October 2015
To Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Vote on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC) on 28 October 16 October 2015
To Members of the European Parliament

EU LULUCF consultation 18 June 2015
To Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy

Request to include the Land as a Resource Communication in the 2016 Work Programme of the European Commision 22 May 2015
To Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission

How to integrate LULUCF emissions in the next climate and energy package 5 March 2015
To National Ministers of Environment

Organic food in green public procurement can drive EU sustainable consumption policy 18 June 2014
To Mr Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for the Environment

Revision of the EU fertiliser regulation and cadmium content of fertilisers 04 June 2014
To Mr. Daniel Calleja Crespo, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

On Commission Communication on sustainable food 7 March 2014
To Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Vote on Paulsen report on plant breeding (2012/2099(INI)) 25 February 2014
To MEPs
By eurocoop, IFOAM EU, Arche Noah, Greenpeace & CEO

Parliament must stand up for S&PRM law that favours diversity 11 December 2013
To MEP Mr Paolo De Castro, Chairman of the AGRI Committee in the European Parliament, and MEP Mr Sergio Silvestris, AGRI Committee Rapporteur for the S&PRM law

On college debate on 6 November on genetically modified maize 31 October 2013
To Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission & Commissioner Andris Piebalgs
By Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU, eurocoop

On interservice consultation on Western corn Rootworms 29 October 2013
To Commissioner Borg, Member of the European Commission
By ARC2020, BirdLife International, European Environmental Bureau, IFOAM EU, Pesticide Action Network Europe

On the revision of the fertiliser legislation 27 June 2013
To Mr Reinhard Büscher and Mr Vincent Delvaux, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

EU biofuels policy comes at an unacceptably high economic, social and environmental cost – time to fix a failed policy 17 June 2013
To European policy decision makers (open letter)
By Actionaid, BirdLife, Climate Action Network, CIDSE, ClientEarth, ECOS, Earth Peoples, European Environmental Bureau, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Forest Peoples Programme, IFOAM EU, OXFAM, Transport and Environment

Open letter about EU’s assessment of GM animals 27 January 2012
To Commissioner Dalli (CC: Commissioners Ciolos, Potocnik, Damanaki)
By Euro Coop, Eurogroup for Animals, European Milk Board, Friends of Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group, Test Biotech

On Green Paper on promotion measures and information provision for agricultural products 17 October 2011
To Mr Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

On EFSA revision of lime sulphur and Azadirachtin 17 November 2010
To Mr W. Reinert, Chemicals, contaminants, pesticides, DG SANCO, European Commission

On draft Commission report on cloning of animals for food 15 October 2010
To Ms Kartika Tamara Liotard, Member of the European Parliament
By Eurogroup fo Animals, Eurocoop, IFOAM EU Group, Via Campesina

On re-examination of nitrite/nitrate, SO2 and HCl 29 September 2010
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On Committee vote on regulation on novel foods – 4th May 29 April 2010
To members of the European Parliament

On stakeholder consultation – post-2010 biodiversity strategy 18 June 2010
To Head of UnitDG ENVIRONMENT, Directorate B - Nature ENV.B.2 – Biodiversity

On the draft report on the provision of food information to consumers (COM(2008)0040 – C6‐0052/2008 – 2008/0028(COD)) 15 March 2010
To Members of European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

On key amendments of the Marit Paulsen report on evaluation and assessment of the Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006‐2010 (COM(2006)0013 – 009/2202(INI)) 15 March 2010
To Members of European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

On the issue of green public procurement 22 December 2009
To Mr Pavel Misiga, Head of unit, DG Environment

On labelling of origin article 24 EC Reg. 834/2007 13 November 2009
To Ms Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Commissioner, DG Agriculture

On labelling of origin 12 November 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On labelling of origin article 24 (1) EC Reg. 834/2007 8 May 2009
To Mr Jean-François Hulot, Head of DG AGRI Organic Unit

On nutrition labeling 12 November 2008
To Mr Basil Mathioudakis, Head of Unit E4 (Food law, nutrition and labelling), DG SANCO

Draft Regulation on a Community scheme COM (2008) 401/3 16 October 2008
To Mr Benjamin Caspar, Head of EU Ecolabel Team, DG Environment



Research and Innovation

On ensuring inclusive and successful innovation in the European agro-food sector, 5 September 2013
To Mrs Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Mr Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development