Lunch debate: "Revision of the Organic Farming legislation - Which framework is needed for the organic sector?"

The Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the State of Hessen Lucia Puttrich and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) cordially invite you to a lunch-debate on the topic:

Revision of the Organic Farming legislation: Which framework is needed for the organic sector?
Organic management from the production to the consumer

on Monday, 22 September 2014, 11.45 am - 2.00 pm
at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU
Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels


11.45 am – 12.30 pm
Lunch buffet

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

  • Friedrich von Heusinger, Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union

Short Statements

  • Martin Häusling MEP
  • Jan Plagge, Management Board IFOAM
  • Stefan Hipp, HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG

Panel discussion

  • Johannes Doms, Director HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG
  • Martin Häusling MEP
  • Dorota Metera, Bioekspert Ltd.
  • Joao Onofre, Head of Unit Organic Farming, Directorate-General Agriculture, European Commission
  • Jan Plagge, Management Board IFOAM
  • Francesco Tropea, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU

Final Remark

  • Martin Häusling MEP


  • Hajo Friedrich, freelance journalist

Ever since the first EU regulation on organic farming at the beginning of the 1990s, there has been a common legislative framework for organic farming across the EU. This regulation includes the associations’ sustainability criteria and sets binding standards in Europe.

Within the context of the Common Agricultural Policy Reform, the Commission announced that the regulation on organic farming was to be reviewed and in March 2014 it submitted a proposal for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. The Commission sees the need to improve the legislative provisions on organic production and notes that this need is also recognized in large parts of the organic farming sector. According to the Commission, there is allegedly a broad consensus on the fact that organic production should remain true to its principles and aims and it is therefore calling for measures such as the introduction of a zero tolerance principle when it comes to the use of harmful substances, or a clear separation between organic and conventional production.

Is the Commission’s goal a realistic one? Or does the proposal overlook the needs of the sector and consumers? The proposal currently on the table has led to stark controversy and heavy criticism amongst organic farming associations. We hope to shed light on the proposal and discuss possible solutions.

The discussion will be followed by a reception.
Simultaneous translation into English/German

RSVP by fax: +32-2-732 15 20 or +32-2-732 48 13
or by e-mail: veranstaltungen [at]

This event is co-financed by the European Community, Directorate-General for the Environment. The sole responsibility for this communication lies with the IFOAM EU Group. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.


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