Early feedback 2023 promotion policies reveal potential decrease in funding for organic products

The Commission’s decision to ringfence budget for organic products within the promotion policies was welcomed by the organic sector as an important step in the right direction towards further promoting the development of the demand of organic. In the 2022 promotion policies work programme, organic and sustainable agrifood played a major role.

First information on the 2023 programme and the amounts allocated are already coming through. While this is not confirmed, it seems that the Commission might be shifting away budget from organic multi-programmes (programmes submitted by more than one Member State) to so-called sustainable multi-programmes, which could lead to rewarding practices, and not systemic approaches. It is not entirely clear at the moment what exactly sustainable multi-programmes would be based on. The 2023 promotion policy annual work programme should be published at the end of this year and will provide further clarifications.

Of course, IFOAM Organics Europe will monitor the official promotion policies process and will let our members know about these policies and their evolution. For more information on promotion policies and IFOAM Organics Europe’s work on this issue, please contact [email protected].

The work of IFOAM Organics Europe on this topic is co-financed by the LIFE programme of the European Union, under the under the Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). This publication only reflects the views of the authors and its sole responsibility lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. CINEA is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

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