Organic operators can now apply for EU organic awards
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Last week, Janusz Wojciechowski, EU’s Commissioner for agriculture, launched the applications for the first EU organic awards alongside representatives of the awards’ co-organisers. Organic operators can now apply for eight awards within seven categories, including best organic farmer female, best organic farmer male, best organic region, best organic city, best organic bio-district, best organic SME, best organic food retailer and best organic restaurant.
Jan Plagge, IFOAM Organics Europe’s President, said: “These EU Organic Awards are a great way to showcase the innovative potential in the EU organic sector and how the sector contributes to the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies’ goals. The current crisis shows that the EU should seek to speed up its work towards an agroecological and social model which is more resilient, fairer, healthier, more knowledge-intensive and based on shorter supply chains.”
Applications are open until 8 June 2022. After the application period, a jury consisting of one representative from each of the different organisers and a representative of each of the European Parliament and European Council will shortlist the best candidates. The organising partners are the European Commission, IFOAM Organics Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, and COPA-COGECA. There will be an award ceremony to announce the winners on the annual EU Organic Day on 23 September 2022.
More information is available on the EU Commission's website.