International Conference: „Organic Agriculture – achievements and perspectives on the way to Green economy and sustainable development“ and “First coordinative meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Group on Organic Agriculture” within the “8th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ORGANIC PRODUCTS – BIOFEST”, 30 October – 2 November 2012, Subotica, Serbia

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The Association TERRA’S from Subotica, Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the SWG Head Office/Secretariat and other donors, organized the International Conference: „Organic Agriculture – achievments and perspectives on the way to Green economy and sustainable development“ and the First coordinative meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Group on Organic Agriculture. These meetings were part of the: “8th International Festival of the Organic Products – BIOFEST” which happened from 30 October to 2 November in Subotica, Serbia.

The International Conference and the Coordinative meeting were intended for representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture dealing with organic sector, representatives of BON (Balkan Organic Network) and representatives from the National associations of organic producers from South Eastern Europe as well as for Regional and International experts in Organic Agriculture and trade. In total 34 participants from 9 countries from the region participated.
The International Conference was focused on the Green Economies as perspective for sustainable growth in the SEE. The participants were also introduced with the latest development in Trade with organic products between EU and non EU countries; Implementation of legal acts from the field of Organic production and the importance of proper control; Strengthening the competitiveness of organic producers through introduction of new standards:  Geographic origin designation and original products from rural areas…
The participants were introduced with the latest development in the legislation related to OP in SEE – Labelling, certification and export procedures and with the preliminary findings from the on-going study “Mapping and Assessment of Market Potential in the Organic Sector in SEE”.

Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network was presented as an example of practical and functional network between the Mediterranean countries. Possibilities for cooperation with the SWG were discussed.

This International event was an opportunity for organization of the „First coordinative meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Group on Organic Agriculture in SEE within the SWG”.

During the meeting, Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Organic Agriculture was established and members were nominated (Ministry and BON – Balkan Organic Network representatives). At the same time, the participants proposed priority activities and took over responsibilities for the future actions.

All presentations from BIOFEST which were submitted to the SWG in English as well as the Realized Programme and the List of participants can be found here