Romania, as an EU member state, must assume the target of 25% certified organic (bio) land by 2030. This was one of the main conclusions of the European Organic Congress, recently concluded on July 3, 2020, in Brussels.
“The message of the movement is obvious, and the Romanian authorities must deal with achieving this goal. The European Commission will be very demanding in asking Romania and the other Member States to assume this goal and to put organic agriculture in the center of the transition to the sustainability of food systems. The current pandemic will not reduce the concern to reach this target, but will strengthen it” said Costin Lianu, President of the INTER-BIO Association, member of IFOAM EU.
During the congress there were discussed topics such as: creating models of sustainable agricultural development, based on the development of regional processing chains, development of green procurement of organic food in schools and canteens, strengthening control over these products, the development of organic models, based on agro-ecological solutions, the suitable ways of increasing the public interest for the consumption of organic products, ways of developing innovative solutions, digitization and others.
The German EU Presidency is expected to reach a clear agreement on the integration of the Organic Sector Development Strategy into the Common Agricultural Policy.
The INTER-BIO Association supports the idea of carrying out an immediate analysis of the situation in Romania, regarding the organic sector and of the elaboration of a strategy in public-private partnership for this sector, a strategy that needs to be integrated in the European Farm to Fork Program.