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The European wine-producing regional members of AREV held their annual conference on the 10th and 11th of July in Strasbourg. Renewal of the statutory bodies, transfer of headquarters to Brussels and reform of the CAP, with voting on a motion, were the main high points of this two-day conference.

PRESS RELEASE – Strasbourg, 12th of July 2017

 

The European wine-producing regions wish to make their voice heard and declare their goals regarding the forthcoming CAP reform      

 

The European wine-producing regional members of AREV held their annual conference on the 10th and 11th of July in Strasbourg. Renewal of the statutory bodies, transfer of headquarters to Brussels and reform of the CAP, with voting on a motion, were the main high points of this two-day conference.    

 

United for the conference on the 10th and 11th of July in Strasbourg at the invitation of Phillipe Richert, President of the Greater Eastern France Region (Alsace, Champagne, Lorraine), the European wine-producing regions highlighted the essential role they play both for the sector and the territorial communities. Desirous of improving means of approaching the European Institutions and being better heard by them, the AREV delegates took a number of important decisions to this end.                                         

 

Firstly, they unanimously elected a new President in the person of the President of Spanish Castilla-La Mancha region, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez. He clearly displayed his intention of making the voice of the winemaking territories heard, and reasserted the need to be closely associated with all the reflections and decisions concerning the sector taken in Brussels, as his predecessors have done, notably with regard to the fight against deregulation of plantations. To this end, he confirmed that the Association’s administrative headquarters will shortly be transferred to Brussels. The new Secretary General, Pascal Bobillier-Monnot, will be responsible for managing the representation of the association to the institutions in Brussels.  The day before, the professional delegates from the winemaking sector had unanimously re-elected Aly Leonardy from Luxembourg as president of the CEPV professional College and 1st Vice President of AREV.

Following discussions with representatives of the European Parliament, the Commission and International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), the AREV delegates unanimously adopted a motion on the reform of the CAP: it underlines the socioeconomic importance of the sector as well as the unique place occupied today by viticulture within the agricultural sector thanks to specific European rules (regulation, quality policy, support geared towards investments) which the Regions would like to see maintained. AREV also made a case for maintaining the CAP budget and national aid programmes.             

 

The territorial representatives also called upon the Commission and ministers of agriculture to immediately improve the risk management tools, without waiting for the forthcoming reform of the CAP, the application of which may be delayed, and in particular the crop insurance as proposed by the European Parliament, and to set up the “European Viticulture Observatory” which AREV has been demanding for two decades.                                

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