BioFach 2016

Visit IFOAM EU at BioFach 2016: 10 – 13 February, Hall 1 (1-447)


10/02/2016: EU Policy Day, organised by IFOAM EU in cooperation with BioFach
16:30 ‑ 18:00, Hall St. Petersburg, NCC Ost

In March 2014 the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a new organic regulation. The next and last step in this process is represented by the ‘trilogue’ negotiations between the three EU institutions to agree on a final legal text, presumably at the beginning of 2016. Taking into consideration the three institutions’ proposals, trilogue outcomes on certain regulation areas can be already foreseen and discussion can be kicked off. The policy day will bring together EU policymakers and the organic sector to discuss the current organic regulation revision process and the changes the sector may have to face. Exchange on the EU organic regulation with decisionmakers and experts, including:

Presenter: Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU, Belgium


  • Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the organic dossier
  • Miltiades Krimizis, Organics Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President
  • Bavo van den Idsert, Bionext Director
  • Thomas Fertl, BioAustria Head Agricultural Policy

11/02/2016: Is the new CAP capable of supporting sustainable farming or just continuing business as usual?
12:00 ‑ 12:45, Room Oslo, NCC Ost

As part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014‑2020 new policy instruments and regional and national Rural Development Programmes are coming in effect in 2015 and 2016. How can these policies help to make European more organic? Presentation of findings of a study conducted by FiBL for IFOAM EU.


  • Stephen Meredith, IFOAM EU, Belgium
  • Matthias Stolze, FiBL  Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, Switzerland
  • Sebastian Mittermaier, Naturland, Germany
  • Dorota Metera, BIOEKSPERT, Poland

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

12/02/2016: The EU import regulation: the new approach!
10:00 ‑ 11:30, Room Oslo, NCC Ost

Introduction to the new/intended import rules of the EU and discussion of expected impacts on the international organic trade. Certain aspects such as the compliance/equivalency approach and the organic trade agreements will be deepened in the discussions between experts. Organised by IFOAM EU and FiBL.

Presenter: Beate Huber, FiBL ‑ Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, Switzerland


  • Christopher Atkinson, Soil Association Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Miltiades Krimizis - Unit B4 Organics - DG AGRI - European Commission
  • Antoine Faure, European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC), Belgium
  • Karst Kooistra, Tradin Organic, the Netherlands

12/02/2016: Strategies to develop the organic value chain in Europe
12:00 ‑ 12:45, Room Prag, NCC Ost

IFOAM EU developed a shared vision for the organic movement in Europe to fill the Organic 3.0 concept with life. One of the central aspects of this shared vision is the commitment to find tools for ensuring fairness, transparency and integrity across the value chain.


  • Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU, Belgium
  • Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU, Belgium
  • Karst Kooistra, Tradin Organic, the Netherlands
  • Antoine DE VAUBERNIER, Stonefield France

12/02/2016: Risk-based assessments: developing performance tools within an adequate legislative framework
12:00 ‑ 12:45, Room Istabul, NCC Ost

The joint IFOAM EU and EOCC's workshop will discuss ways to ensure organic integrity and a performant model for risk based approaches for inspection and certification, clarifying the responsibilities of the different stakeholders of the sector, discussing possible paths for upcoming implementing and delegated acts in order to make the voice of the organic stakeholders heard in the decision process.

12/02/2016: After the Paris Climate Conference COP 21: How will the organic sector contribute to the fight against climate change?
13:00 ‑ 13:45, Room Prag, NCC Ost

The workshop will briefly present the policy context and what science says on the benefits of organic productionand finally will discuss how the organic sector can contribute to the efforts against climate change.


  • Eric Gall, IFOAM EU, Belgium
  • Tobias Bandel, Soil & More International BV, The Netherlands
  • Michel Reynaud, Ecocert S.A., France

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