Norway’s minister of agriculture and food met with EU commissioners

Last updated: 28.09.2016 // Organic food production and measures against antibiotics resistance were among topics during meetings in Brussel on 27 September.

In separate meetings on 27 September, Norwegian minister of agriculture and food, Jon Georg Dale, met with EU commissioners Phil Hogan and Vytenis Andriukaitis who cover agriculture and food safety, respectively.

In his meeting with Commissioner Hogan, Dale discussed the adoption of EU organic farming regulations into the EEA Agreement. Norway wants adaptations, particularly for organic sheep farming and labelling of organic products. The minister argued that the regulations should accommodate the needs of organic farming in the Norwegian context.  

– Norway has good arguments for incorporating the EU regulations on organic farming with adaptation texts. I found Hogan understanding of our reasoning, but also concerned about securing the interests of the EU states and the principle of equal rules within European Economic Area (EEA). I had hoped for more flexibility from the EU on this topic, but we will now take back the answers we got and make a final determination on the adoption of the regulations, said the Norwegian minister.

Later in the afternoon, Dale met with health commissioner Andriukaitis to discuss national and international measures against antibiotics resistance in animals, feed and food. The Norwegian minister asked the EU to re-evaluate the ban on use of fishmeal in feed for ruminants.

– Andriukaitis is committed to establishing measures against antibiotics resistance. We have experienced first-hand in Norway that it is possible to control the existence of the bacteria MRSA in pig production, and I have therefore invited the commissioner to Norway to learn more about our measures and experiences, said Dale.

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