|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 381, Pages 1-3|
Regulation (EU) 2020/1693 - adopted by the co-legislators on 11 November 2020 - introducing a number of amendments to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Regulation (EU) 2018/848 establishes the principles of organic production and lays down the rules concerning organic production, related certification and the use of indications referring to organic production in labelling and advertising.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the related public health crisis created extraordinary circumstances that demanded a substantial adaptation of the organic sector in terms of production, marketing, controls and international trade that could not reasonably have been anticipated at the time of adoption of Regulation (EU) 2018/848. Those extraordinary circumstances have a significant impact on various areas covered by the Regulation, and it became likely that Member States and operators would not be ready to ensure its proper implementation and application from 1 January 2021.
In order to ensure the smooth functioning of the internal market, to provide legal certainty to all organic operators, and to avoid potential market disruption, it became necessary to defer the date of application of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 by one year.
The legislative initiative was tabled by the European Commission on 4 September 2020. It was formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 11 November 2020. It was published in the Official Journal on 13 November 2020.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Keywords||COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Labelling, Organic farming | products
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|