[REPONSE] Parlement européen, Question E-003316/2020/rev.1 avec demande de réponse écrite à la Commission de Zbigniew Kuźmiuk (ECR) du 2 juin 2020 – Agriculture biologique et la stratégie de la ferme à la fourchette

Niveau juridique : Union européenne

Texte de la question :

« The farm-to-fork strategy contains a number of references to organic farming as a sector which is important for the whole of the Green Deal.

1. The proportion of organic farming in some Member States already stands at 20%, in others, the figure is not even 5%. How is the Commission planning to establish the proportion of organic farming throughout the EU at 25%? Can countries with a lower proportion of organic farming count on receiving more support for organic farming? Will the 25% target be assessed in relation to the EU’s entire farming sector, without a breakdown by country?

2. How does the Commission plan to facilitate the registration of seed varieties, including in organic farming, to ensure easier market access for traditional and locally adapted varieties? 

3. The organic farming community has proposed postponing the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2020/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The initiative was supported by a number of Member States, with no objections raised. Will the Commission support this initiative, and when can a decision on this be expected? »


Réponse donnée par Mr Wojciechowski au nom de la Commission européenne le 20 août 2020 :

« 1. The target for the organic farming is an EU-wide aspirational target that inherently takes into account different starting positions across Member States. The most appropriate way to address these differences will be through the national strategic plans that Member States are due to submit under the new Common Agricultural Policy.

The Commission will ask Member States to set explicit national values for the key Union targets, including the organic target. National values should take into account the efforts made over the years, the starting point and the potential for improvement and the specific situation of each Member State. Based on the territorial (assessment) and the needs assessment, the Member States should then design appropriate interventions — including the financial support — and assess their expected use by farmers.

2. On the basis of Council Decision 2019/1905(1), the Commission is carrying out a study to identify options to update EU legislation on plant reproductive material. The facilitation of registration for traditional and locally adapted varieties is a central topic of this study. Moreover, with respect to organic varieties, a facilitated testing scheme will be explored through a temporary experiment envisaged to start on 1 July 2021. On organic heterogeneous material, the Commission aims to finalise the adoption of a delegated act under Regulation (EU) 2018/848(2) by the end of 2020

3. The Commission is assessing this issue. »



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