Agriculture and rural development

Wine: Production Potential - High Level Group on Vine Planting Rights

Wine: Production Potential - High Level Group on Vine Planting Rights

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Wine: Production Potential - High Level Group on Vine Planting Rights

The High Level Group (HLG) serves as a forum of discussion to assess different aspects of the functioning of the transitional planting rights regime in specific Member States and regions, as well as the effects of the end of the regime for the wine sector and wine market

Background and objectives

On 19 January 2012 Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş announced publicly the decision to establish a High Level Group (HLG) on vine planting rights.

This decision followed the concerns expressed by a large majority of wine-producing Member States (MS), several European Parliament (EP) MEPs and certain sectorial organisations, related to the non-extension of the transitional planting rights regime at EU level beyond 31 December 2015.

The aim of the HLG is to organize a forum of discussion to assess different aspects of the functioning of the transitional planting rights regime in specific Member States and regions, as well as the effects of the end of the regime for the wine sector and wine market.

 

Composition

The HLG is composed of representatives of all 27 MS as well as of key stakeholder organisations at European level:

  • COPA, COGECA, ECVC (all three representing farmers)
  • EFOW (wines with geographical indication)
  • FoodDrinkEurope (industry)
  • CELCAA (wine traders)

 

Meetings

Four meetings, chaired by the Commission's Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, were held during 2012: on 19 April, 6 July, 21 September and 14 December. Three observers from the EP's secretariat, the Council's secretariat and Croatia were also present.

The HLG received permanent contributions from the key stakeholder groups in the EU wine sector during the meetings. Furthermore, the HLG received valuable contributions from invited academic and professional experts, MS representatives and DG Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

Issues

The following issues were addressed by the HLG:

  • the current functioning of the planting rights regime at EU and MS levels;
  • the effects of the end of the planting rights regime for the wine sector and market;
  • the outline of a future EU regulatory framework for vine plantings.

 

Documentation

Delegated and Implementing acts

 

Reports

Report of the HLG on vine planting rights and HLG conclusions

 

Meetings

1st meeting (19 April 2012)

Agenda

Presentations and working documents:

  • "Wine CMO reform of 2008: main outcomes and implementation": Presentation
  • "The EU system of Planting Rights: main rules and effectiveness": Presentation - Working document
  • "The functioning of the planting rights system in Romania": Presentation
  • "The functioning of the planting rights system in France": Presentation
  • "The functioning of the planting rights system in Germany": Presentation
  • "The functioning of the planting rights system in Spain": Presentation

Summary

 

2nd meeting (6 July 2012)

Agenda

Presentations and working documents:

  • "The functioning of the planting rights regime in Member States": Presentation
  • "Middle term projections for the world wine market 2012-2020": Presentation
  • "EU wine sector competitiveness: global wine trends and outlook": Presentation
  • "'Wines of Chile' – Chilean Strategic Plan 2020": Working document

Working Groups:

 

3rd meeting (21 September 2012)

Agenda

Presentations and studies:

Presentation of a note by 11 Member States

Speech by José Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Working Groups:

Summary

 

4th meeting (14 December 2012)

Agenda

Documentation:

 

Speeches and press releases

19/04/2012: "Relever les défis de la qualité et du revenu des producteurs" - Speech by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş at the 1st HLG meeting

21/09/2012: "Elements of reflection by the Commission on the future management of vine's plantations" - Speech by Director-General José Manuel Silva Rodriguez at the 3rd HLG meeting

21/09/2012: Video statement (in French) by Roger Waite, Commission Spokesman for Agriculture

14/12/2012: High Level Group on Wine formulates its conclusions - Press release (also available in DE, ES, FR, IT)