Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
As regards the first question, the Commission is aware of the study mentioned by the Honourable Member. However, the Commission considers that the results quoted of this study cannot be generalised as there are also studies and research results on the issue of organic yields arriving at different results.
As regards the second question, the Commission considers organic farming as a sustainable farming system which, in addition, helps to increase the competitiveness of European agriculture. Therefore it actively promotes its support, notably in the context of present and also future Rural Development programmes after the ongoing CAP reform.