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EC wine review

Published:  23 July, 2008

The European Commission has announced that its long-awaited proposals for the reform of the European wine regime will be delivered on 21 June.

The Commission is drawing up a strategy for reforms with three key aims: to boost the competitiveness of the EU's wine producers; to ensure a balance between supply and demand; and to preserve the best traditions of wine production.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is leading negotiations on behalf of the UK trade with the UK Government and the European Commission, and is also working through Europe-wide trade association Comit Vin to agree a common European position for reform.

WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles welcomed this announcement saying: A radical reform of the European wine regime is long overdue.

The global wine market has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and the regulations need to catch up.

Overproduction, subsidies, labelling, classification and production practices are just some of the issues that need to be reviewed.'