Visit IFOAM EU at our BioFach 2015 stand: 11 – 14 February, Hall 1 (1-447)

Express your opinion and learn more about organic food and farming in the European Union! More details in the timetable below.

Wednesday, 11 February

15.00 - 18.00
Room St. Petersburg

EU Policy day: Commission proposal for a new organic regulation organized by IFOAM EU in cooperation with BIOFACH

On 24 March 2014 the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a new organic regulation complemented by annexes, the impact assessment report and a new European Organic Action Plan. This was the result of a process started in 2012 when the Commission decided to review the current legislative and political framework for organic farming. The policy day will gather key policy makers and representatives/experts of the organic movement in Europe to discuss the Commission proposal.


REGISTRATION NEEDED: Please register in this link before 8 February.

Thursday, 12 February

14.00 - 15.30
Room Oslo

Controls in organic farming – from a process based system to an end-product approach?

In the Commission proposal the control system is moved to the horisontal legislation of controls on food and feed. There is the risk that organic control system shifts towards an end-product approach. What is the difference between a visit of the control body and a visit from the competent authority for food safety? How the control of the process in organic production can be guaranteed? What is the future of “organic controls”?

Moderator:  Emanuele Busacca, IFOAM EU        

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beck, AÖL
Speaker: Dr. Jürn Sanders,  Johan Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Speaker: Tom Nizet, EOCC

17.00 - 17.45
Room Prague

TP Organics – “Roadmap to Make Europe More Organic”–  The role of stakeholders in implementing the European Organic Action Plan

On March 2014, the European Commission published a new EU Organic Action Plan (link is external) to address the development needs of the organic sector. Implementation of the Organic Action Plan should be reflected in an consistent implementation by the Commission in the different Agricultural and Research policies (e.g. Rural development plans, EIP-AGRI, Horizon 2020, etc.), in national policies and organic action plans driven by the sector in partnership with policymakers. The session aims to discuss the role of organic stakeholders in driving an ambitious implementation of the Action Plan as well as future scenarios for organics to ensure the sustainable development of the sector in Europe that delivers for rural areas and society.

Moderator:   Andrea Ferrante, Italian Association for Organic Farming - AIAB

Speaker: Alina Ujupan,  European Commission – Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Speaker: Thomas Fertl, BioAustria – VicePresident IFOAM EU Group


18:00 - AIAB Calabria Stand - Hall 1 Stand 1-341 C
Aperitivo – IFOAM EU and AIAB
We would like to kindly invite you to a "get-together and tasting" that will take place at Biofach during the stand party! 
AIAB  will offer a tasting of different delicious regional products from Calabria such as wine, cheese, sausages and other regional products.
Come, and join us at this Italian aperitivo!

Friday, 13 February

10.00 - 11.30
Room Istanbul

Import regime – Compliance versus Equivalence

In this seminar the new proposed system for import of organic product in Europe and its possible impact on the international trade will be discussed. Removal of equivalency for control bodies, shift towards compliance and trade agreements will totally change the current organic import system. Stakeholders discuss the possible impacts.

Moderator: Beate Huber, FIBL

Speaker: Manuel Rossi Prieto, DG AGRI Unit “Organics”, European Commission
Speaker:  Christopher Atkinson, Soil Association
Speaker:  Michel Reynaud, EOCC
Speaker: Amos Ramsauer, Bioland Markt GmbH&Co.KG


10.00 - 11.30
Room Oslo

TP Organics Science day

The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of TP Organics describes the top research and innovation priorities of the organic sector until 2020. These priorities were selected in a consultation with more than 300 responses from organic businesses, farmers, researchers and NGOs. They are the most

important challenges to be solved in order to drive the development of the sector and strengthen its competitiveness. The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be used to influence funding priorities of EU research programmes, but it can be used to advocate for more organic oriented research at national level too.

In this event, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be presented for organic enterprises in order to stimulate private engagement in research and innovation, e.g. through the SME programme of Horizon 2020, the EU's funding scheme for research and innovation. The event will also serve to broaden the discussion on research and innovation needs of the organic sector with business actors.

Moderator:  Eduardo Cuoco, TP Organics

Speaker: Alina Ujupan, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Speaker: Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, European Commission, DG Research and innovation

Speaker:  Bram Moeskops, TP Organics

Speaker: Cristina Micheloni, TP Organics
13.00 - 14.00
Room Mailand  


SUSTAINGAS is an EU project that aims to promote sustainable biogas production in organic farms. As SUSTAINGAS is drawing to an end, the project results will be presented in the workshop. The speakers will give an overall presentation of the project and then present its accomplishments on different levels. There will be a discussion with the audience on the sustainability criteria and benefits of organic biogas for the environment and for farmers. For more information about the project, please visit: or contact Eric Gall, eric.gall [at]

Speaker: Eric Gall, Policy Manager, IFOAM EU
Speaker:  Marco Schlüter, Director, IFOAM EU

14.00 - 14.45
Room Istanbul

New challenges for organic Processors and Traders

An obligatory system for measuring the environmental performance of processors and traders has been proposed by the Commission. Three reports with recommendations on organic processing practices, additives, flavour and processing aids delivered by the Expert Group for Technical Advice in Organic Production (EGTOP) in 2014. IFOAM EU proposed a way to reach the 100% organic ingredient concepts. All this happened in 2014. It is now the moment for stakeholders to discuss and to support the further progress of organic processing and trading towards the next level of sustainability

Moderator:  Erkki Pöytäniemi, Organic Finland
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beck, AÖL
Speaker : Charles Pernin, Synabio
Speaker: Bavo Van den Idsert, Bionext

15.00 - 15.45 Room Istanbul

Key opportunities for organics using rural development policy

New regional and national Rural Development Programmes will begin to come into force in 2015. The programmes are part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and link to national spending priorities for EU structural funds 2014-2020.  How can the tools and instruments under new RDPs help to grow and develop organic farming and agro-ecological approaches across Europe capable of delivering environmental public goods, sustainable economic development and a renaissance of rural areas? The workshop will consider the key opportunities available to organic farmers under new RDPs from the perspective of three different EU Member States. It will consider how these opportunities can help to make Europe more Organic and shift EU food and agriculture towards a new agro-ecological agenda. A wide range of issues will be discussed from support to convert and maintain land under organic management to developing value chains based on the organic principles.

Moderator:  Eric Gall,  IFOAM EU Group    
Speaker: Nic Lampkin, Organic Research Centre
Speaker:  Merit Mikk, Estonian Organic Farming Foundation   Speaker: Paul Holmbeck, Organic Denmark


15.00 - 15.45
Room Copenhagen

"How to keep GMOs out of the supply chain"

IFOAM EU group has launched a project to identify the current challenges and legal situation for GMO-free food production in the EU. The first objective is to deliver practical guidance and discuss strategies to advocate for policy frameworks that ensure rights to GMO-free producers. The project fosters the exchange of information on best practices between stakeholders (with  particular situation in different countries, regions) and specific parts of the food chain. We would like to present the results of the analysis of EU member states national frameworks, that set the legal situation regarding the mitigation of risks of GMO contamination and liability for costs related to GMO contamination. As part of the workshop we would also like to set up a discussion on the key issues regarding the prevention of contamination in the supply chain, taking into the consideration the results of the study mentioned before, the new EU policy framework and the outcomes of the first project Roundtable.

Moderator:  Ann-Kathrin Trappenberg, IFOAM EU
Speaker:  Alejandro Gil, IFOAM EU
Speaker: Bernadette Oehen, FiBL


The GMO project is supported by:

 BioSuisse       RapunzelDO-IT


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