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The EU Organic Action Plan provides for the annual presentation of awards for excellence in the organic value chain. Applications can be submitted until 14 May 2023, and the awards ceremony will take place on 25 September 2023.

Increasing organic production contributes significantly to reducing the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and antimicrobials and has a positive impact on our climate, the environment, biodiversity and animal welfare.

Therefore, organic production plays a key role in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy as well as the Biodiversity strategy. For this reason, the EU Commission has set a target that by 2030, 25 % of agricultural land in the EU should be farmed organically and organic aquaculture should be significantly increased.

In support of this goal, the EU Commission adopted the Action Plan for the Promotion of Organic Production in March 2021, which also foresees the introduction of annual awards for excellence in the organic value chain. These awards will be presented for the second time in 2023.

The EU Organic Awards comprise seven categories and eight individual prizes. They recognise different actors along the organic value chain who have developed an outstanding, innovative, sustainable and inspiring project that adds real value to organic production and consumption.

Category 1: Best Organic Farmer

Category 2: Best Organic Region

Category 3: Best Organic City

Category 4: Best Organic “BIO-District”

Category 5: Best organic SME in food processing

Category 6: Best Organic Food Retailer

Category 7: Best Organic Restaurant/Food Service