The Presidency confirmed that the standard provisions have been included in the text and
that this reflects the normal Council practices. The Presidency confirmed that the point will
be proposed for inclusion as an “A” item on the upcoming Council meeting of 6 March. Contact:
, DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.:
Draft of the Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the
European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products
– Exchange of views Request for the consent of the European Parliament
See point 3 above. 5.
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on
organic production and labelling of organic products, amending Regulation (EU)
No XXX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official controls
Regulation] and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007
– Examination of the Presidency compromise text
The Presidency presented a revised compromise text to the Delegations, prior to
requesting a mandate from the SCA on 27 February. The Presidency informed the
delegations it has the intention to resume trilogue negotiations in March with a trilogue
meeting being planned for 9 March (tbc, depending on availability EP).
The Commission commented that in its view the compromise text constitutes a good
basis to start the negotiations, with some areas needing some further progress. The
Commission also stressed the need to reach an agreement as this would be a positive
Regarding the particular point on pesticides, the Commission suggested to put this item
aside as in its view it is for the Commission to decide as this concerns a political file.
A vast majority of delegations (LU, PT, RO, FI, SI, ES, SE, DE, LV, IT, ..) welcomed the
work carried out by the Presidency and expressed their general support on the revised
compromise text. The main comments made by the delegations regarded specific items
such as the controls arrangements (annual frequency and need of risk-based inspections),
seed production, greenhouses, use of pesticides, databases, and unpacked products.
The Commission noted the positive mind frame expressed by the delegations and the
specific comments made on individual chapters are parts.
The Presidency invited the delegations to reflect on the amendments made and
communicated its intention to request a mandate during the next SCA meeting of
Monday 27/02 (DL for delegations comments by noon 21/02). As the outcome of the
SCA meeting of 27/02 will determine whether the negotiations with the EP will be
resumed, the Presidency called for some flexibility from the delegations on certain parts
of the proposal.
The CY delegation also requested to consider this item for inclusion on the agenda of the
AGRIFISH Council meeting of 6 March.
The legal service of the Council also mentioned some legal clarification work on the
proposal is needed in good time.
Finally, the Presidency noted the broad agreement at the level of the delegations, and
communicated it will further work on the revised text in view of THE SCA meeting of
DG AGRI, Unit B.4
Organisation of future work
The next SCA will take place on 27 February. The indicative agenda includes the
following points: Organic farming and Omnibus proposal (second round). The
Presidency will soon communicate information on how these discussions will be
The Presidency also informed the delegations that a background document on the future
of the CAP will be distributed in view of the March AGRIFISH Council meeting. This
document will include a number of priorities
aimed to guide the development of future
agricultural policies as well as questions to structure the debate during the Council
meeting of 6 March. The Presidency also intends to ask the opinion of the delegations on
these priorities during the next SCA meeting of 27/02. Reporting:
, DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: