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Initiative by the Commission in the wine making sector – Draft delegated act


	
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Commissioner and Ministers,

 

We would like to make you aware of the serious concerns raised by our members regarding the recent initiatives taken by the departments of the European Commission, which, in our view, fail to respect the political framework of the latest reforms of the wine sector (Reform of the Common Market Organisation-Wine in 2009 and the Reform of the CAP in 2013) and which do not allow a satisfactory level of participation in a constructive exchange between the concerned parties.  

Strasbourg, 8th of February 2016

 

Subject: Initiative by the Commission in the wine making sector – Draft delegated act      

 

Commissioner and Ministers,

 

We would like to make you aware of the serious concerns raised by our members regarding the recent initiatives taken by the departments of the European Commission, which, in our view, fail to respect the political framework of the latest reforms of the wine sector (Reform of the Common Market Organisation-Wine in 2009 and the Reform of the CAP in 2013) and which do not allow a satisfactory level of participation in a constructive exchange between the concerned parties.    

 

The Commission’s departments have recently presented a draft delegated act and an executive order with the aim of replacing part of Regulation No. 607/2009 concerning traditional wine classifications, the labelling and presentation of the products, and the quality policy for AOP and IGP wines. New texts (working documents) have since been published, and it has been announced that more documents will be published over the coming months on the subjects that were not dealt with in the first draft text. These initiatives will be justified by the compliance of the texts with the Treaty of Lisbon, but also by the simplification of the texts.          

 

We do not agree with this method for a number of reasons:

 

Firstly, we cannot accept that only part of the texts should be put on the table. In light of the fact that these texts are intended to replace others, it is not possible to proceed to an appropriate analysis without overall visibility. Furthermore, we doubt that the fragmentation of a text (e.g. Regulation 607/2009) into several texts can represent a source of simplification. We also note that no impact study has been undertaken and that no information has been presented regarding anticipated improvements or the tangible simplifications for the operators.           

 

Above all, we observe that the first draft texts fail to tackle certain existing instruments, and we are concerned that on this occasion, the Commission will call into question the rules and principles that were established during the last reforms.    

Furthermore, we note that outside of any political mandate, the Commission is proposing to take a significant step, integrating viticulture into the horizontal rules.                               

 

In view of these elements and the potential consequences that could result from the adoption of this series of texts, we would like to remind you that:

 

-     the specifics of the rules must be maintained in accordance with the political decisions taken on the occasion of the reforms implemented in 2008 and 2013;

-     it would not be acceptable for the Commission to take advantage of ensuring compliance of the regulations with the Treaty of Lisbon to call into question part of the rules that were adopted during the last reforms and which form part of a balanced whole;

-     all of the texts must be submitted for discussion simultaneously, with a presentation of the anticipated improvements and the tangible simplifications for the operators.          

 

With this in mind, we insist on the need to observe the greatest transparency in the presentation of the amendment proposals, by clearly showing the modifications proposed by the Commission alongside the original regulatory text, as is generally the custom for all legislative modifications.                

 

We look forward to hearing from you, and we hope that your response will help to allay our concerns and those of the wine producing sector.

 

Yours faithfully,                                                                                                     

 

                                                                                   Aly Leonardy

                                                                       President of the European Council

                                                                                Wine Industry Professional  

                                                                       1st Vice President of AREV

 

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