Commission publishes new vine planting rules
New EU rules for a new scheme of authorisations for vine plantings, allowing for a yearly limited expansion in the EU's wine area, have been published by the European Commission yesterday. As agreed in the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform, the new scheme will apply from 1 January 2016, replacing the transitional planting rights regime.
EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated: "The new system provides flexibility for the European wine sector to gradually expand production, in response to growing world demand. At the same stage, Member States have a range of safeguards to apply in order to address possible social and environmental risks in specific wine production areas."
A recent external study concluded that, despite growth in the volume and value of EU exports to third countries since 2008 - and a marked improvement in the trade balance -, the EU continues to lose market share on world markets. Furthermore, the total consumption at world level is forecasted to increase up to 2025, while continuing to decrease overall in the EU. Therefore, this market trend shows that the EU wine sector will be increasingly depending on exports in the future.
Yesterday's publication sets out rules for which unanimous agreement was expressed both by the Member States and the European Parliament. They confirm how the Member States should manage (at national level) the system of free, non-transferable planting authorisations. The rules also outline the safeguard mechanism for new plantings – authorisations limited to 1% growth in a Member State's vine surface per year, with options for Member States to apply – where properly justified – growth limits at national or regional level, or for areas with/without geographical indication. The rules also clarify the transition from the current system to the new scheme and how valid planting rights can be converted into authorisations. Rights in the reserve that are not granted to producers by the end of 2015 will cease to exist after that date.
General public inquiries:
Latest News from
Council and Parliament reach provisional political agreement on access to Union waters, extending the current rules for fishermen for another ten years30/09/2022 15:25:00
The Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement as regards the regime for access of fishing vessels to member states’ territorial waters.
Ensuring radiation protection: Commission refers LATVIA to Court to guarantee citizens' protection from ionising radiation-exposure risks30/09/2022 14:33:00
The Commission is taking legal steps to ensure the protection of citizens, workers and patients against the dangers arising from exposure to ionizing radiation.
Investor citizenship scheme: Commission refers MALTA to the Court of Justice30/09/2022 13:25:00
The European Commission yesterday decided to refer Malta to the Court of Justice of the European Union for its investor citizenship scheme, also referred to as the ‘golden passports'.
Human rights: EU increases support to the protection of human rights defenders worldwide30/09/2022 12:38:00
Human rights are increasingly under threat worldwide. Against this global backdrop, reconfirming the European Union's strong support to human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, and their defenders worldwide, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen yesterday signed €30 million, a substantial increase, for the new phase of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism, in the presence of civil society organisations and human rights defenders, for the period 2022–2027.
Circular economy: Commission takes action to reduce waste from single-use plastics30/09/2022 11:33:00
The Commission is taking legal steps against 11 Member States, calling on them to step up the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive in order to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and on human health.
European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register a new initiative on learning disabilities30/09/2022 10:38:00
The Commission recently (28 September 2022) decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Focus on Specific Learning Disabilities on EU Level'.
State aid: Commission approves €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of Russia's war against Ukraine30/09/2022 09:25:00
The European Commission has approved a €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine.
Speech by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Atlantic Council Frankfurt Forum29/09/2022 16:33:00
Speech given yesterday by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Atlantic Council Frankfurt Forum.
Press statement by President von der Leyen on a new package of restrictive measures against Russia29/09/2022 15:25:00
Press statement given yesterday by President von der Leyen on a new package of restrictive measures against Russia.
Global Gateway: European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development deepen their partnership to boost private sector investment in partner countries29/09/2022 14:33:00
The Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and Odile Renaud-Basso, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), yesterday signed a new Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) between the European Commission and the EBRD to boost investment in sustainable infrastructure and private sector development and to cooperate for example on issues such as nuclear safety.