Answer to Written Question: Bringing organic farming back to local level
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
1. The Commission does not intend to amend the legislation on the production and labelling of organic products to differentiate and favour those that are produced and consumed locally. However, the Action Plan on the Development of Organic Production includes Action 14, which says that the Commission will reinforce local and small-volume processing and foster short trade circuits and for that purpose engage with Member States and stakeholders. 2. Under Action 10 of the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Production, the Commission commits to publishing regular reports on organic production in the EU based on Eurostat data, containing, in particular, information on surfaces, holdings involved in organic production, and the main production sector. The Action Plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights aims to enhance social rights and strengthen the European social dimension across all policies of the Union. It envisages, inter alia, specific measures in support of its Chapter II dedicated to fair working conditions. It also refers to the adoption of a new EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027 in the coming months to mobilise all actors to tackle traditional and new work-related risks, including from the green and digital transitions against the backdrop of the pandemic crisis.