This year is very important for IFOAM EU and a great opportunity for all organic stakeholders in the region to come together and attend the leading organic regulation event in Europe for 2013. Shaping Europe’s Organic Future Together: Making an impact on the EU organic legal framework within the future CAP, will be held at Vilnius, Lithuania- 2-4 July 2013.

2013 will be a key year for the future of organic farming. The   European  Commission launched review of the European legal and political framework.  It   may  submit a legal proposal to amend regulation 834/2007 to the European Parliament and Council at the end of 2013. The EU organic action plan from 2004 may also be updated. Together with the reform of the CAP, this will define a new political framework for organic farming in the EU.

Organic producers, processors and traders are invited to contribute to the process: Your input at this congress will be used to feed into the IFOAM EU   proposals  provided  to the Commission. Gathering opinions from and mobilising the  European organic sector is thus  the  focus of the  7th European Organic Congress, organised by the IFOAM EU Group in co-operation with the Lithuanian EU Presidency.

Organizers  expect  250 people from the Commission, the European Parliament, Member states, the organic sector and agri-environmental stakeholders. Useful discussions and             lectures, excellent networking opportunities and Lithuanian culture await you. The   main  congress venue is the historical Town Hall (Lithuanian: Vilniaus rotušė), a traditional centre of trade and events and one of Vilnius’ most important monuments. Key topics will be the Organic Regulation Review, new trade and industry developments in the context of the regulation and a new European Organic Action Plan.

The excursion on 2 July will lead you through Vilnius’ old town,   local  organic  farms, the old Trakai Castle, not to mention treat you to typical regional food, music and dance.   Register  before  30

April and get a 20% off Early Bird  discount.  Check  www.organic-congress-ifoameu.org or contact: Angela Morell Perez +32 2 280 12 23, congress@ifoam-eu.org