Horizon Europe: European Parliament supports research for organic agriculture

TP Organics is pleased that on 21 November the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament voted that Horizon Europe should “accelerate the transition towards sustainable approaches in all forms of agriculture, including conventional and organic agriculture”. Horizon Europe is the EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme for 2021-2027

In the same vote, the ITRE Committee stated that civil society organisations and European Technology Platforms – such as TP Organics – should be consulted when it comes to the actual implementation of Horizon Europe. This is indeed crucial to ensure Horizon Europe delivers benefits for EU citizens. The positions of the ITRE Committee will be formally approved by the plenary of the European Parliament in the 2nd week of December.

Meanwhile, the Council has adopted a partial general approach on the regulation of Horizon Europe, one of the two legislative files involved, on 30 November. The position of Member States is less ambitious, stating that “views of stakeholders should be taken into account”, with no reference to organic agriculture. In 2019, TP Organics will keep working so that the final legal texts will ensure that Horizon Europe delivers societal impact, including a transition of food and farming systems based on organic principles.

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