Reform of the wine sector: Communication from
|22/06/2006 - The European Commission today called for a
root-and-branch reform of the Common Market Organisation for
wine. The plan aims to increase the competitiveness of EU
wine producers, strengthen the reputation of EU wines, win
back market share, balance supply and demand and simplify
the rules, while preserving the best traditions of EU wine
production and reinforcing the social and environmental
fabric of rural areas. The Commission considers four options
for reform, and comes out clearly in favour of a radical
reform model specific to the wine sector.
The first wine Common Market Organisation (CMO) was introduced in 1970 and
has been modified several times since then. However existing instruments of the
wine CMO have become unsatisfactory to prepare the EU's vine growers and wine
producers and traders for the mounting competition in the new global market
- The current market situation between supply and demand in the
Community is unbalanced.
- The rules governing the definitions, processing and marketing
of wine need to be refined, updated and made more flexible to take into
account changing qualitative consumer demand.
Hence the adoption of a wine reform proposal has been put on the Commission
working programme for 2006. The main steps are:
- The Commission held a wine seminar with a wide range
of European stakeholders on 16 February 2006.
- The Commission adopted on 22 June 2006 a Communication
to the Council and the Parliament and an Impact Assessment
report covering several options and their likely effects.
- The legislative proposal is due for adoption around the middle of 2007.
The key objectives of this reform will be:
- To increase the competitiveness of the EU's wine producers,
strengthen the reputation of EU quality wine as the best in the world, recover
old markets and win new ones in the EU and worldwide;
- To create a wine regime that operates through clear, simple
rules – effective rules that ensure balance between supply and demand;
- To create a wine regime that preserves the best traditions of EU
wine production and reinforces the social and environmental fabric of many rural
Common Market Organisation [pdf,
Economy of the sector [pdf,
Programme and questionnaire [pdf,
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List of participants [pdf]
Welcome speech by Commissioner
Mariann Fischer Boel [pdf
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