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Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework. Second Round Table of the Eastern European Countries

Huber, Beate (Ed.) (2008) Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework. Second Round Table of the Eastern European Countries. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. Proceedings of Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework. Second Round Table of the Eastern European Countries, Kyiv, Ukraine, November 5&6, 2008. [Unpublished]

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Summary

The Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries ‘Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework’ was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 5 and 6, 2008. Organic agriculture is gaining increasing importance in the Central and Eastern European countries; currently ca. 1.7 million hectares are under organic management.
Participants of the public and private sector from eleven countries discussed the opportunities of organic agriculture. The Round Table was organized by FiBL and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine and supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the National Association of Agricultural Advisory Services of Ukraine.
At the meeting participants shared their experiences with the organic farming development in their countries. Andrzej Dycha, Under-Sectretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Poland stressed the importance of organic agriculture which has given new prospects to Polish farmers. 12’000 farmers are farming organically in Poland, representing an increase of 500 % in five years. The farmers are encouraged by national support measures such as research, subsidies for control costs and the rural development activities. Since 2007 an Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming is further strengthening the organic development in the field of information, science, control, economy and promotion.
Deputy Minister Jiri Urban from Czech Republic explained the national support measures contributing to the prosperous domestic market for organic products in Czech Republic. Such measures include the legal framework, an effective control and certification system, support for farmers, eduction of consumers, promotion activities and, since 2007, the support of processing companies.
The second day the Ukraine participants discussed the current draft of the organic agriculture law which is expected to be passed by the Parliament in 2009. In a closed workshop representatives of the Ministries exchanged their experience in the implementation of legal frameworks and explored the potential for further cooperation. It was agreed that further exchange between authorities and certification bodies on the regional level should be supported.
The participants and speakers represented the public and private sector from Ukraine, Albania, Czech Republic, Macedonia FYROM, Moldavia, Montenegro, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and the EU.


EPrint Type:Proceedings
Keywords:CEE countries, certification, legislation
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > Ukraine
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International Cooperation
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org
Deposited By: Huber, Beate
ID Code:15019
Deposited On:30 Nov 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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