European Union’s Fishing and Agriculture ministers agreed to sign an agreement with Chile about the trade of organic products, that implicates the mutual acknowledgement of the equivalence on norms and control systems of this type of production.
According to the EU’s board, in practice this means that organic food produced in the European Union lands and are covered by this agreement could be commercialized in Chile “without a need of ulterior controls” and the same applies for Chilean organic products in the EU.
This agreement will also provide a “cooperation, information exchange and conflict resolution system in the organic business”, “drive EU’s organic production and its exportations and will help to generate growth and jobs”, the board assured.
Also this decision looks to boost trade of ecologic products “a big resource for European agriculture” and improve organic trademarks. Included in this agreement are European products such as non-processed vegetables, non-processed animal origin products like honey, processed agriculture products such as feeds, wine and seeds.
This is the first “new generation” agreement in organic products commerce and the first with a Latin-American country. The agreement still needs the approval of the European Parliament for its final implementation.
SOURCE: European Parliament