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Report to the member regions – 6th of June 2016 - plenary session Lednice


	
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The 24th plenary session of the Assembly of European Wine-producing Regions (AREV) was held on the on the 27th of May 2016 in Lednice, in the ancient wine-growing region of Southern Moravia in the Czech Republic. The current President of AREV, Sergio Chiamparino, President of the Piedmont Region, was unanimously re-elected for the next two years, assisted by Luxembourger Aly Leonardy, President of the CEPV professional college and treasurer Justin Vogel.

Report to the member regions – 6th of June 2016

The 24th plenary session of the Assembly of European Wine-producing Regions (AREV) was held on the on the 27th of May 2016 in Lednice, in the ancient wine-growing region of Southern Moravia in the Czech Republic. The current President of AREV, Sergio Chiamparino, President of the Piedmont Region, was unanimously re-elected for the next two years, assisted by Luxembourger Aly Leonardy, President of the CEPV professional college and treasurer Justin Vogel.

Renewing their commitment to the values of solidarity, a shared culture, and the safeguarding of fundamentals such as the European appellations d’origine and geographical indication systems that have guaranteed the quality and safety of wines for decades, the AREV delegates have underlined the need to be especially vigilant and mobilised regarding the major current issues in the world of wine making (administrative simplification of wine-growing sector regulations and the TTIP). In addition, the Assembly unanimously adopted a strong resolution, drawn up under the aegis of Ettore Ponzo, ad-hoc President of the commission, enjoining European political decision-makers to take the necessary measures of support to compensate for the natural handicaps facing wine-growers operating on steep slopes, handicaps which threaten their long-term survival.              

The principal contributions concerned the “administrative simplification” of the wine-growing sector regulations launched by the Direction Générale de l’Agriculture despite the assurances made on the 8th of March by Commissioner Phil Hogan before the European Parliament. The delegates conclude that this calls into question the political agreements made at the last OCM-wine reform in 2008.         

The delegates additionally reaffirmed their unreserved attachment to the protection of the appellations d’origine and geographical indication systems as well as traditional European labelling within the framework of the free trade agreement negotiations with the USA (TTIP), which is still subject to opposition from the American negotiators.              

In order to improve the efficacy of AREV’s political actions, as well as raising its profile, renown and presence both in terms of the European institutions and the Brussels-based media, the delegates have additionally validated the transfer of the organisation’s headquarters to Brussels, as proposed by President Chiamparino.

Appended: the unanimously adopted resolution supporting steep-slope wine growers.                                   

 

Floriano Luciano – secretary general – fluciano@arev.org

Dominique Janin – assistant secretary general – djanin@arev.org

 

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