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RESOLUTION OF AREV – STUTTGART 23 APRIL 2013

Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Le 23 Apr 2013 -

STUTTGART

RESOLUTION OF AREV – STUTTGART 23 APRIL 2013



The Assembly of European Wine-producing Regions (AREV) meeting in plenary session avails of the opportunity presented by the approaching Trilogue negotiations (Council – Parliament – Commission) on the reform of the CAP, particularly on the Single CMO, to express its position on major subjects.

The AREV reasserts that the current planting rights system, with the possibility of transferring rights, is a sufficiently flexible and rational tool – given the desired targets in terms of quality and sustainability – and one that his proved itself in terms of regulating the production potential. Concerning the discussion on modifying planting regulations, the wine-producing regions stress the objectives of the CAP (Article 33 of the Treaty on EU) and those of the "Europe 2020" strategy elaborated by the European Commission, which aims to promote "intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth", whereas its own wine-growing policy is in flagrant contradiction with the expectations of the regions, local authorities and civil society.

The AREV therefore vigorously supports the decision of the European Parliament to extend the current regulations for planting rights until the 2029/2030 campaign. The AREV is very pleased that the Council of Ministers has decided not to terminate this system at end of 2015 or 2018, but to replace it from January 2019 with a comparable system that will apply to all categories of wine. The AREV considers that it is indispensable – as envisaged by the proposal of the Council of Ministers – that member states should be able to establish certain criteria regulating requests for planting rights. This is necessary in order to ensure the perennial nature of steep-slope vineyards and landscapes cultivated with vines, and in order to curb the relocation of vineyards toward unsuitable areas. In the same spirit, the AREV also demands that member states be authorized to define the criteria for the use of re-planting rights. The AREV therefore expressly adopts and supports the resolution of the Piedmont region concerning the specific nature of steep-slope vineyards.

On the other hand, the AREV vigorously rejects the proposal of the Council of Ministers to terminate the new system a mere six years after its introduction. The AREV considers that it is absurd to replace a system that has proved its worth with another that is scheduled to be abandoned shortly after being introduced, particularly since the implementation of the new system raises many questions of a legal, economic and administrative nature. The AREV would like to point out that vines are perennial plants that demand long-term planning security for producers and a sustainable system of regulation in the interest of consumers.

The AREV also rejects, as being too high, the growth ceiling for planted areas of 1% per year: on the basis of some 3 million hectares in European vineyards, this ceiling would allow for the planting of 100,000 new hectares every 3 years i.e. a production increase of about 5 million hectolitres, whereas the Commission recently financed the uprooting of 160,000 hectares over three years. The growth rate for vineyards should be limited to 0.5% at the most.

For future deliberations on the new system, the AREV considers that it is absolutely indispensable in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity that the maximum possible authority in terms of development be transferred to the member states and to the regions, and that the corresponding regulations be anchored in basic community legislation and not left to the discretion of the Commission through delegated acts.

The AREV expressly supports the proposal of the European Parliament seeking to supplement the list of eligible supporting measures for viticulture with a programme to support steep-slope vineyards in order to improve the competitive capacity of these regions that are difficult to exploit and typical of wine-growing landscapes, and to ensure their continuity.

The AREV considers that it is of primordial importance that support programmes for viticulture be continued with the same budgetary framework as heretofore. These measures were introduced on the occasion of the last Wine-CMO, have proved their worth, and should be renewed with the same budget.