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Wine Plantings: The European Wineries urge the MS to scale-up the ambitions for the development of vineyards in Europe.

Brussels, 15th April 2014The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) and member national wineries associations in the main EU wine producing countries (i.a. France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Greece) have addressed today an OPEN LETTER (see attached) to the EU and national authorities denouncing attempts to impose, through the back door of technical implementing rules, further unjustified, arbitrary and discriminatory restrictions to the right to plant and produce wines in Europe.

The wine companies fear that the implementing rules for the new vine plantings authorisation scheme may be designed to re-create restrictions, discriminations and disharmony that were the main characteristics of the previous regime.

Instead, they urge the EU and national regulators to ensure that the new vine plantings authorisation system will be simple, objective, non-discriminatory and market-oriented as to achieve the CAP key objective - namely increasing the competitiveness of the Union wine sector in order not to lose market share in the world market1, in a context of open and increased international competition.

1 EU - CAP Regulation 1308/2013.- Whereas 55.

 

Please find attached the Open letter and detailed comments:

pdfCEEV__Members_OPEN_LETTER_on_Plantings_Authorisations_150414.pdf

pdfCEEV_COMMENTS_ON_MS_note_on_Plantings-150414_.pdf

 

For more information, please contact José Ramón Fernandez

 

Note to editors:

- The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV – www.ceev.eu) and its member national  associations represents the wine companies in the industry and trade in the European Union: still wines, aromatised wines, sparkling wines, liqueur wines and other vine products. CEEV brings together 24 national organisations. With more than 7.000 companies, mainly SMEs, and more than 200.000 direct jobs in the EU, its members produce and market the vast majority of quality European wines, with and without a geographical indication, and account for over 90% of European wine exports. With around 8,8 billion € worth of exports every year, the wine sector makes a contribution of over 6 billion € to the EU trade balance.

National associations member of CEEV co-sigining this Open Letter: