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Chile: First steps for inclusion on the third country list of the European Union

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On  March 12, 2014, the European Union responded to the request made by Chile to be included in the European list of third countries whose organic laws are recognized as equivalent with EU regulation 1235/2008. In its statement, received by Chile on March 20, 2014, the European Commission reported that after reviewing the updated technical dossier sent by the competent Chilean authorities on the subject, there is a positive response to the request of Chile. It decided to move on to the next step, detailed in Article 8 (3) of regulation 1235/2008, which implies a field audit.

The  European Commission proposes a visit by experts to Chile in order to verify in practice the effective implementation of the organic law on domestic  production. It will also have the opportunity to meet the SAG, the competent authority that implements the system. The importance of the acceptance of Chile in the list of third countries is, first, a recognition of the work done in Chile, in both public and private sectors, as well as a tremendous support to the private sector to simplify the entry of our organic products to the countries of the European Union.

Source: ODEPA, quoted by Portalfruticola

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