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MAINZ (Rhineland Palatinate - 05/11/2008)
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DECLARATION on the occasion of the AREV International Bureau meeting of 5 November in Mainz – Rhineland Palatinate

On the occasion of its meeting of 5 November 2008 in Mainz, the AREV International Bureau looked into the implementation of the Wine CMO reform and agreed on the following declaration:

Winegrowing and the Single CMO

The AREV International Bureau reasserts its opposition to the integration of the Wine CMO into a single CMO encompassing all agricultural sectors. The project to modify the single CMO to include the wine sector provides clear confirmation of the fears that have long been expressed by the AREV: European wine market regulation will lose all its transparency and clarity in the process. The AREV Bureau warns the European Agriculture Ministers against following the proposal made to this effect by the Commission, and demands that the specifics of the vine and wine sector be preserved: the Wine CMO regulation must remain a separate entity and its articles must not be scattered between a large number of chapters as is proposed by the Commission.

Controlling production potential - 2012 / 2013 Evaluation Report

The AREV has repeatedly declared its opposition to abandoning the planting rights system in the European Union. After further comprehensive discussions, the AREV Bureau reasserts that giving up control over production potential in this way will inevitably lead to the appearance, in many regions of Europe, of “industrial grape production units”, going against all the efforts being made to promote quality and protect landscapes that have been shaped by mankind. The AREV Bureau insists on the necessity, in the evaluation report in 2012 / 2013, of going back on the decision to abolish the current system in 2015, in order to safeguard small businesses from competition from “wine industries”, the Bureau of the AREV emphasises the need to consider the economic, social and environmental impacts of the reform in the 2012/2013 assessment report. The AREV Bureau wishes to continue with the current system beyond the year 2015.

Minimum Quality Criteria

The AREV Bureau is very worried that varietal wines without a geographical indication are not subject to any minimum quality criteria. The Bureau is calling for a quality policy to be implemented within each member state for these varietal wines which have no geographical indication.

Approval Procedure

For wines that do have a geographical indication, professional groupings would now have the possibility to apply to the Commission for the approval of new appellations and adjustments to product specifications. The AREV Bureau demands that this approval procedure should remain primarily the responsibility of the local and national administrations that have handled it until now.

Towards Supplanting the Member States at the OIV

The European Commission has asked the Council to authorise it to conduct negotiations with a view to becoming a full member of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), where it would substitute for the Member States in those fields in which there has been a transfer of powers to the European Union: for example in matters of planting, winemaking and labelling.

This step gives rise to strong reservations among AREV Bureau members, in that contrary to the principle of subsidiarity, the Commission is laying claim without right to increasing powers in vine and wine policy, to the detriment of the Member States and therefore of the Regions.

The AREV Bureau is against European Union Member States losing their technical powers within the OIV in planting, winemaking and labelling matters to the Commission. However, it would not be against the European Commission having observer status. The AREV Bureau authorizes its President to inform the OIV’s General Director of this stance and to evaluate current bilateral relations.

The AREV Bureau urges all its members to support these demands and calls upon the President to present all these issues to the Commission. The AREV will be keeping a very close watch on implementation of Wine CMO reform.