The Sixth REAWG on Organic Agriculture, held during APF 2023 in Podgorica, Montenegro

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The Agricultural Policy Forum 2023 (APF) gathered 116 representatives of relevant institutions from 15 countries from Southeast Europe beyond on October 25th and 26th in Podgorica, Montenegro. The focus of the APF 2023 was on partnership and cooperation in dealing with climate adaptation in SEE. The Agricultural Policy Forum 2023 was held under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Montenegro and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe. Podgorica Agenda summarizes the main outcomes of the Forum.

The Sixth Meeting of Regional Expert Advisory Working Group (REAWG) on Organic Agriculture was held in the scope of the APF 2023. Conclusions from the Working Group on Organic Agriculture:https://apf.seerural.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/WG-3-Conclusions-Organic-Agriculture.pdf

The APF 2023 urges to accelerate the transposition and enforcement of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products, along with its implementing and delegated regulations. This requires active involvement and commitment of decision-makers in establishing the necessary framework for organic agriculture reform, harmonizing it with the EU acquis, and facilitating investments in this sector.

The Forum draws attention to the ambitious objective of fostering organic market growth in SEE and calls for close cooperation and coordination across various sectors, with the support of both governmental and non-governmental entities at all levels. Participants expressed their readiness to use the SWG platform for enhanced and more coherent collaboration between EU member states and SEE in advancing the organic market development.