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Minister Sargent welcomes the European Commission Competition to create a new EU Organic Logo

Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today welcomed the launch of the European Commission's competition to create a new EU Organic Logo.

With the goal of designing a clever and creative EU organic logo, the EU gives Europe's up-and-coming talents the chance to create a design that could be printed on millions of product packages.  The new EU organic logo will be mandatory for all pre-packaged organic products that originate in the 27 Member States and meet the labelling standards.  In addition, all non pre-packaged organic products that originate from the EU or that are imported from third countries can use the EU logo on a voluntary basis.

All EU citizens, registered at an institution of higher education for art or design based in the EU, are encouraged to enter this unique, international design competition.  Three winners will be selected, and the first prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of €6,000.  The first and second runners-up will receive €3,500 and €2,500 respectively.  Entries can be uploaded onto the special competition website www.ec.europa.eu/organic-logo until 25 June 2009.

The EU Organic Logo Competition will be judged by a jury of experts from the field of organic farming and production, and internationally renowned design professionals.

In welcoming the launch of this competition, Minister Sargent stated, "this is a significant step towards the introduction of a unique EU organic logo, which will create a distinguishing feature on every EU organic product."   He urged Irish art and design students to enter this competition as "it provides a invaluable opportunity for Irish art and design students to showcase their ability and talent".

Date Released: 07 May 2009