European Action Plan
The European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming sets out 21 initiatives to achieve the objectives of developing the market for organic food and improving standards by increasing efficacy, transparency and consumer confidence.
The plan aims to achieve measures such as improving information about organic farming, streamlining public support via rural development, improving production standards or strengthening research. It follows the rapid increase in the number of farmers producing organically and strong demand from consumers during the past few years.
The plan was based on extensive consultations with Member States and stakeholders including an online consultation in 2003, a public hearing in January 2004 and meetings with Member States and stakeholder groups.
The Action Plan is comprised of the two documents below.
Official Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament setting out 21 actions.
Commission staff working document containing a background analysis and comprehensive description of the proposals.