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Ukraine: Organic Law Vetoed

The President of Ukraine vetoed the law on Ukrainian Organic Production that had been passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 21, 2011.


In April 2011, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) had approved a new law on organic farming, which was seen as a a major milestone for the sector and sets a legal, economic and social basis for organic farming and requirements on the production, processing, certification, marketing, transportation, storage and sale of organic products. However, recently the President of Ukraine vetoed this law.

Ukraine, therefore, still has no organic regulation. According to the FiBL project "Organic Certification and Market Development in Ukraine," organic stakeholders in Ukraine, as well as media and consumers, however, keep hoping that Ukraine will get an organic legislation passed in the near future. The organic law will go back to the parliament again, but, because the majority of the parliament is from the President’s political party, it is not expected that the parliament will overpower the President’s veto. Elaboration and adoption of the organic law draft will now have to start from the beginning again.

The FiBL project "Organic Certification and Market Development in Ukraine" continues the dialogue with Ukrainian policy makers.

Further information

Further reading

Prokopchuk, Natalie and Eisenring, Tobias (2011) Ukraine: Country Report. In: Willer, Helga and Kilcher, Lukas (Eds.) The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2011. FiBL, IFOAM, CH-Frick and D-Bonn, pp. 173-176.

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