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Reform of the EU wine market
Main points of the revised wine CMO
National financial envelopes: redirected distillation subsidies will provide a funding budget for each country so they can adapt measures – promotion outside the EU, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of the production chain, support for green harvesting, crisis management, etc. – to their particular situation, and also choose how to allocate funding to individual vineyards.
Rural Development and environmental protection in wine-producing areas: more help for young wine producers, improved marketing, professional training, compensation for lost revenue due to maintaining landscape / early retirement, etc.
Planting rights: end to the restrictive planting regime at EU level from 1 January 2016 (although some national restrictions may remain until 2018).
Phasing-out of distillation schemes:
gradual withdrawal of distillation subsidies:
Introduction of Single Farm Payment: Decoupled Single Farm Payment to be distributed to wine grape growers at the Member States' discretion and to all growers who grub up their vines.
Grubbing-up: rapidly reduced wine
production - mainly through a voluntary withdrawal scheme taking
175 000 ha out of production via decreasing subsidies over three
years, to reduce production of uncompetitive wines, cut
surpluses and compensate producers by offering them an
Wine-making practices: responsibility for approving new winemaking practices (or changing existing ones) transferred to the Commission – practices approved by the International Vine and Wine Office (IWO) will be assessed and added to the EU list of approved practices, if appropriate.
Simpler labelling rules: in the interests
of producers and consumers – quality will be based on protected
geographical indications / designations of origin.
Well-established traditional national quality-labelling schemes
will be kept, and simplified labelling rules will allow EU wines
to be labelled for grape variety and vintage.
Aid for the use of must: after 4 years,
these subsidies will be converted into flat-rate subsidies to
Council Regulation (EC)
No 479/2008 of 29 April 2008 on the common organisation of the
market in wine, amending Regulations (EC) No 1493/1999, (EC) No
1782/2003, (EC) No 1290/2005, (EC) No 3/2008 and repealing
Regulations (EEC) No 2392/86 and (EC) No 1493/1999
You will find more information on the wine sector in the "Wine" chapter on this website.
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Last update: 11-06-2008