Le 11 May 2012 -
Turin / PIEMONT
The cultivation of vines and its development throughout the centuries is among the key vectors of European civilisation.
Given that it is the perennial nature of the vine which requires the sustainable, long-term management of planted surfaces – which opposes any short-term approach;
Given that the plantation rights regime constitutes the central element of a quality policy which has already proven itself to consumers, as demonstrated by the considerable surpluses of the sector in the European Union trade balance;
Given that the plantation rights regime is capable of providing any new region which can grow vines with the all-important qualitative structure;
Given the economic importance of a collective structure which aims to smooth out cycles of shortage and overproduction to maintain a sustainable wine-producing activity which creates a large number of related jobs;
Having regard to the conclusions of the scientific study carried out by Professor Etienne Montaigne and his team on “The socio-economic and territorial impacts of the liberalisation of wine-producing plantation rights” (www.arev.org), the political and professional representatives of the AREV in a plenary session in Turin reaffirmed, entirely in line with all the resolutions they have adopted since 2006, their unanimous position on the necessary control of the European production potential through a plantation rights regime.
As the professionals in the sector rapidly need to know where they stand with regard to this point, which is so crucial for their future,
The AREV requests that
• That management of plantation rights remains in the exclusive domain of the public authorities of each Member State – in close collaboration with the organisations of the sector – as the economic and social impacts reach far wider than the production and commercialisation of wine. The territorial impact and effect on the countryside also fall within the scope of regional territorial planning;
• The regulation of plantation rights applies to all the Member States of the European Union;
• The system of plantation rights applies to all categories of wine: AOP, IGP, SIG.
Following the report from Albert DESS, member of the European Parliament, on the future of the CAP, adopted by an overwhelming majority by the European Parliament, and the reiterated demands of the COPA-COGECA, the EFOW and the AREV, currently supported by 16 agricultural ministers of the European Union, the political and professional representatives of the 75 wine-producing regions of the AREV hereby request the European Commission to present, at the earliest opportunity, a legislative proposal which demonstrates the pursuit and the development of the regime which regulates wine-producing plantations.