The European ministers of Agriculture from the 27 EU countries have unanimously committed to the goal of having 25% of the bloc's agricultural area dedicated to organic production by 2030. The ministers made this commitment at the meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council held this Monday in Brussels, the first after the 27 EU countries agreed on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that gives more weight to sustainable agriculture. According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, this new commitment is a true green pact.
The European Ministers of Agriculture highlighted the potential of organic production in the rural economy and how it benefits the economy and is a source of job creation, according to the conclusions agreed by the Twenty-seven. They also welcomed the European Commission's proposal to promote sustainable production and achieve this objective, set out within the framework of the From Farm to Table strategy of the European Green Deal.
The Council also stated that each member state must make its contribution to this common goal. As Wojciechowski pointed out, there are some Member States that already have a developed organic sector, while others will have to exploit it, so Brussels advises drawing up an action plan.
"We have the intent to achieve these objectives. That is a positive sign. The development of organic farming is one of Brussels' priorities and one of the most important parts of the CAP and green architecture," the Polish commissioner stated.
One of the countries that took advantage of the opportunity to confirm a specific plan on organic farming was Spain. The Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, confirmed that the Government will define a specific roadmap for organic production, which will include measures to promote the cultivation and consumption of this type of food.
Finding common ground with the United States
The Ministers of Agriculture's meeting included a videoconference with the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, an opportunity that has served to find common ground on sustainable agricultural production with the United States.
"We are interested in promoting European standards. The EU has a strong interest in ensuring that trade is carried out without dysfunctions and it seeks to safeguard exports," said Wojciechowski.