On November 13, 2020, the European Commission issued the "Regulation (EU) 2020/1693 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products as regards its date of application and certain other dates referred to in that Regulation."
The scope of the amendment Regulation EU 2018/848 highlights the relaxation norms for the Organic Operators:
- Calls for smooth transition from the old regulatory framework to the new one- New application January 01, 2020.
- To provide legal certainty and to avoid potential market disruption, it is necessary to defer the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 and certain other dates referred to in that Regulation that are derived from that date.
- Considering COVID19 Pandemic related to public health crisis, its epidemiological development, as well as the additional resources required in the Member States and by operators, it is appropriate to defer the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 by one year.
- Several dates linked to derogations, reports or empowerments granted to the Commission to end or extend derogations, derive directly from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848.
- For the third world countries, regulation equivalent under Article 33(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, it is appropriate to extend the date of expiry of their recognition by one year to 31 December 2026 to ensure enough time to change the status without unnecessary trade disruptions for organic products.
- The objectives is to provide legal certainty and to avoid potential market disruption due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to be achieved at Union level, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union.
To ensure legal certainty for the organic sector in the current circumstances, this Regulation should enter into force as a matter of urgency on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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