The European Commission welcomes the announcement by South Korea today that, from 1 February 2015, processed organic products certified in the EU may be sold as organic in South Korea. This is part of a bilateral arrangement on organic equivalency, for which the European Commission will finalise the EU recognition rules for South Korean products in the coming weeks.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan stated today: "The organics sector continues to be one of the most dynamic production sectors in EU agriculture. This agreement will also provide new market opportunities in this key export market, fully delivering on the Commission's jobs and growth agenda. Significantly, it also eliminates the need for double certification and thereby simplifies and reduces red tape for EU companies."