COMMUNIQUE (TOLEDO Castilla-La Mancha - 30/04/11)
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On the occasion of the XIXth conference held in Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, on 29 and 30 April, the political and professional delegates of the Assembly of Regional European Viticulture (AREV) are essentially in favour of the implementation of the evaluation of the effects of the reform of OCM-Vin of 2008 on the economy of their region.
A report measuring the impact, at the level of the European wine-making regions, giving calculations on both the positive and negative effects the measures of OCM-Vin will have, will be carried out under the aegis of its professional board. AREV has commissioned a scientific case study on the suppression of plantation rights with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier which is already looking into the project of reform of the Commission for the budget of European Parliament in 2006. Its scientific administrator, Professor Etienne Montaigne, presented the delegates with his methodology and approach for this study concerning the regional and socio-economic impact, which will be generated by the disappearance of the possible regulation of production. The final report is due in January 2012 and will be communicated to the three European institutions involved; the Commission, the Council and Parliament.
In the debate concerning which strategy to adopt, the President of AREV, Jean-Paul BACHY, also President of the Champagne-Ardenne Region, specifically referring to the wine-making sector, stated he was not in favour of taking into account plantation rights as part of the PAC’s reforms, as their aims at this point are not clear.
Without prejudicing the conclusions of the upcoming study, the Castilla-La Mancha region has confirmed through its President JosÃ© Maria Barreda Fontes, that it will defend the regime of the rights of plantation, thereby joining forces with other Spanish regions and other member regions of AREV.
The professional board has for its part, on the previous day, renewed its authority by electing as leader Aly LEONARDY, from Luxembourg, who will automatically become the 1st Vice-President of AREV, along with two other Vice-Presidents Ettore PONZO form Italy and representing Piedmont and Julian MORCILLO from Spain representing Castilla-La Mancha.