Following the trilogue meeting on the draft revision of the EU fertilising products regulation today (20 November), adoption of the final text appears to finally be within reach.
EBIC congratulates the Austrian Presidency and European Parliament lead rapporteurs Mr Turcanu and Ms Gardini as well as the shadow rapporteurs for reaching a compromise in the trilogue on this dossier.
EBIC hails the expected agreement on the regulation as a substantial step forward on the path to a well-functioning innovative regulatory framework for bringing novel, bio-based, and sustainable products such as biostimulants to market.
EBIC welcomes the fact that the regulation allows for delegated acts, necessary measures for continued evolution on issues concerning the biostimulants industry and take into account ongoing technological progress and new scientific evidence.
Speaking on the subject, President of EBIC Luca Bonini explained: “EBIC is very pleased to see that, based on today’s outcomes, the EU will continue to set the example for biostimulant regulation across the world, with a formally agreed definition of biostimulants and set of rules for placing them on the EU internal market with a CE-mark. This will foster further growth and innovation in a sector where European companies are global leaders. It will provide farmers across Europe with a greater number of innovative and sustainable tools to help them meet society’s demands for European farming. I would like to acknowledge Giuseppe Natale, my predecessor as EBIC President, for the leadership he provided over the last seven years as EBIC worked towards this milestone for the biostimulants industry.”
The biostimulant industry now calls on the EU institutions to formally adopt the regulation swiftly, both in COREPER and EU Parliament plenary, to put an end to regulatory uncertainty for the sector and allow for the implementation of the new regulation by 2022.