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Monday, 24 September 2012

Future management of wine plantings

The High Level Group on Wine met this week to discuss the future management of wine plantings. Following the discussions in the first two meetings, the Commission has presented several ideas for a system to apply after 2015.The Commission accepts that the liberalisation decided in the 2008 reform has created serious concerns among producers, and is therefore open to a more flexible solution, but certainly not a simple extension of the old system.
According to José Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director General of the European Commission’s DG AGRI “[i]f there is to be a system of managing plantings, it must be flexible, non-restrictive, both at EU and Member State level, and involve the sector.”
According to the EC, two essential and complimentary tools have been discussed during the course of the meeting: a management of plantings for wines with geographical indications (PGI, PDO), and a safeguard clause to avoid a rapid expansion in planting of wines without geographical indications. Member States reacted favourably to these concepts and will submit further comments to the Commission in writing in the coming weeks. A fourth and final meeting of the High Level group is foreseen for the end of November, during which it is hoped that the group will draw up conclusions to this process of reflection initiated by EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos in January 2012.

Source: European Commission