The development of the secondary ‘organic’ legislation is ongoing
In June 2018 the new Organic Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, it will apply from 1 January 2021. Currently, all the secondary legislation is being developed in order to have a full set of rules ready at the latest 6 months before the date of application.
The text published in the Official Journal is the one that will replace the current Reg. (EC) No 834/2007. In it, there are around 50 delegations of power to the Commission to further develop the requirements for production, labelling, control and import. Comparing this to the current organic regulations, it means that the new Reg. (EC) No 889/2008 and the new Reg. (EC) No 1235/2008 still need to be discussed and approved.
The Commission's working plan is to first develop the production rules – plant, livestock, aquaculture, food, feed – in 2018. In 2019 it would develop the control system, and the international trade at the end of 2019.
Since 2009, following the EU Treaty of Lisbon’s implementation, the EU legislative process has significantly changed. Therefore, the new organic regulation will have a different structure compared to the current one.
The basic text published last June will be complemented by a certain number of two different legal acts, named Delegated Acts and Implementing Acts. Put simply, both kinds of acts are first discussed by the Commission with the experts from the Member States, and they then will briefly pass through the EU Parliament and the EU Council. Do note that this is a simplification of the actual process.
IFOAM EU is actively following these processes and has already started providing a broad range of input to all the EU institutions with the help of the expertise, knowledge and the experience of its membership.