23/12/2022

Large share of EU funds available to promote sustainable agriculture in 2023 

On 16 December, the European Commission has adopted the 2023 Annual Work Programme on the promotion of agricultural products. To help realise the European Green Deal’s shift to more sustainable food systems, the European Commission earmarked a big share of the 2023’s EU promotion budget to sustainable agriculture. 

28 million EUR for campaigns targeted towards promoting organic farming 

The European Commission wishes to focus on sustainable agriculture, including organic production, to increase awareness and recognition of sustainable production methods. To achieve this, 48 million EUR are dedicated to the promotion of sustainable, EU quality schemes and organic production.  

Of these 48 million EUR, 28 million EUR are explicitly targeted towards promoting organic production and products.  

Using the opportunity promotion policies offer is crucial 

The budget allocation has changed over the years: in 2021, 49 million EUR were explicitly targeted toward promotion organic production and products. During the previous years, the budget allocated for organic promotion has not been fully used because of a lack of high-quality proposals, which explains this decrease. Therefore, the European Commission has allocated less funding.  

The organic movement will play a role in shaping the budget allocation for promotion policies in the following years by deciding on whether or not to apply and get mobilised on this issue. The call for proposals will open on 19 January, have a look at the indicative timeline.  

In the Commissions’ press release, Agricultural Commissioner Wojciechowski stated that the promotion of European agri-food products and their quality, in the EU and worldwide is an important dimension of the Commission’s support to farmers and producers, to help them find new markets.  

Additional information for IFOAM Organics Europe members 

The Annual Work Programme for 2023 in the framework of promotion policies is available on the Commission’s website. We will keep you updated in the following months of our actions to provide you support on the programmes. Information on this topic will appear on our member extranet

For more information, you can already have a look at the Commission’s infographic about the life cycle of promotion programmes, discover the European Commission’s presentation on promotion policies, and the REA’s website dedicated to promotion policies. 

What are promotion policies? 

Promotion policies were implemented in 2008 to:  

  • Enhance the competitiveness of the EU agricultural sector;  
  • Raise awareness among consumers of EU agricultural products and their methods of production;  
  • Increase market opportunities for EU companies.  

These campaigns are either run directly by the European Commission, e.g., to develop trade relations or by proposing organisations such as European trade or inter-trade associations or producers’ organisations. There is a budget of 185.9 million EUR for 2023, split between promotion in the EU internal market with 83.3 million EUR and in third countries with 83.1 million EUR.   

Do not hesitate to contact laura.sauques@organicseurope.bio with any questions you may have. 

Please do note that we prioritise our members’ requests. 

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

 
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