Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft, advocates that the new basic organic regulation should not come into force until January 2022. The virus crisis would make it impossible to implement the already delayed schedule. The signals are positive.

According to Peter Röhrig, Managing Director of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), good news from Brussels is being heard. “The EU states – especially Germany – and the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, together with the responsible rapporteurs, are campaigning for a postponement of the organic law,” reports Röhrig. For example, the new regulation (see also organic4trade.com/en/politik/1171/) is to come into force one year later than planned and thus on 1 January 2022. “The German organic sector very much welcomes this, because the consequences of the virus crisis make the already tight and delayed schedule of the EU Commission completely impossible”, comments Röhrig.

“Quality before speed”

According to Röhrig, a postponement would give the negotiators time and opportunity to complete the outstanding legal acts with the necessary thoroughness. In addition, very important topics such as organic control, imports or the handling of contamination were still on the agenda. “Quick shots should be avoided, quality must come before speed”, the BÖLW Managing Director said.

A postponement would also give authorities, inspection bodies and organic farms which have to interpret, implement or control the new rules the opportunity to prepare themselves with sufficient advance notice – and they can currently cope with the corona crisis with all their might, which means a lot of work for the systemically relevant sector.

Currently, the 2007 rules apply

In 2018, a new basic ecological regulation was adopted. It is not yet legally binding, however, as there are no concrete regulations, for example on stables and open air runs. Therefore, the 13-year-old EU Regulation VO 834/2007 is currently in force.