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