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1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 104/127

Thursday 14 January 1999

4. Calls for the conciliation procedure to be opened should the Council intend to depart from the text
approved by Parliament;

5. Asks to be consulted again should the Council intend to make substantial modifications to the
Commission proposal;

6. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council and Commission.

9. Organic production

B4-0022, 0023, 0026, 0027, 0028, 0031, 0037 and 0041/99

Resolution on organic livestock production (amendment of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the proposal to supplement Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic
production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and
foodstuffs to include livestock production (COM(96)0366 − C4-0481/96 − 96/0205(CNS)),

− having regard to its opinion thereon of 14 May 1997 (1),

− having regard to the Commission’s Green Paper on food safety,

− having regard to its resolution of 9 October 1998 on quality policy for agricultural products and
agri-foodstuffs (2),

A. whereas the European model of farming consists essentially of quality, rural development and respect
for the environment; whereas organic farming contributes to agricultural diversification and has major
development potential,

B. whereas consumers are increasingly interested in food safety and the origins and production methods
of agricultural products and foodstuffs; whereas, in recent years, consumer interest has focused on
environment and animal welfare, and whereas the new requirements of European consumers have
encouraged the development of organic products,

C. whereas consumers wish to have guarantees to enable them to exercise their freedom of choice and
must therefore have clear, readily comprehensible, reliable and honest information,

D. whereas organic farming is practised by farmers who have freely and voluntarily undertaken to
respect the requirements and specific controls,

E. whereas discussions on extending the scope of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 to organic animal
products resulted in a consensus between Parliament and the Commission whose modified proposal
(COM(97)0747), which is under discussion in the Council, incorporates a large number of
Parliament’s amendments,

F. whereas the provisional guidelines emerging from the Agriculture Council of 15 December 1998 on
this proposal confirm the will to extend the scope of application, but whereas they are largely
inadequate in respect of the technical standards needed to implement it,

G. whereas the work currently being carried out on the Codex Alimentarius concerning the production,
labelling and marketing of organic products calls for a clear common position by the European Union
in these discussions,

(1) OJ C 167, 2.6.1997, p. 55.

(2) OJ C 328, 26.10.1998, p. 232.
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Thursday 14 January 1999

1. Calls on the Council and the Commission to reaffirm the principles of organic farming which is a
concept of sustainable farming involving an equilibrium between land, plants and animals making it
possible to maintain and gradually increase the productive capacity of farmland, to produce high- quality
food, to maintain the biodiversity of both domestic and traditionally cultivated varieties and the
uncultivated areas in the immediate vicinity of holdings, and to give added value to organic producers on
the market;

2. Recalls its demand for a harmonised European logo for organic products as a uniform means of
drawing consumers’ attention to agricultural production methods;

3. Calls on the Commission and the Council to impose strict limits on derogations in connection with
extreme or exceptional weather conditions and/or transitional schemes, and calls for a decision to be taken
as soon as possible on the Commission’s modified proposal;

4. Calls on the Council and the Commission to take account of the traditional production methods
successfully practised in organic farming in the Member States, and notes that in certain difficult regions
tethering of livestock in winter does not adversely affect their welfare;

5. Calls on the Commission not to rule out the possibility of withdrawing its modified proposal if the
text negotiated in the Council departs from it too much;

6. Urges the Commission to uphold the European approach on organic production in the context of the
World Trade Organisation;

7. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of
the Member States and the Director-General of the WTO.

10. Globalisation and the information society


Resolution on the communication from the Commission on Globalisation and the Information
Society: The Need for Strengthened International Coordination (COM(98)0050 − C4-0153/98)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the communication from the Commission (COM(98)0050 − C4-0153/98) and the
initiative for an Internet Charter contained therein,

− having regard to the Communication to the Council ‘International Policy Issues related to Internet
Governance (COM(98)0111),

− having regard to the Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and
the Council on ‘Internet governance and the management of Internet names and addresses − Analysis
and assessment from the European Commission of the United States Department of Commerce White
Paper’ (COM(98)0476),

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy
and the opinions of the Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media, the Committee on
Legal Affairs and Citizens’ Rights and the Committee on External Economic Relations (A4-0366/98),

A. given the extraordinary growth in the number of Internet users and in electronic commerce
technologies and applications,

B. whereas the obstacles to the harmonious development of electronic commerce are now legal rather
than technological, whereas these obstacles are essentially international in character, given the global
nature of the information society, and whereas European undertakings and financial organisations
need the soundest and broadest legal frame of reference possible in order to enhance their presence
and competitiveness at international level,