Statement by Michael Mann, spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, on the reform of the wine market
End production: 05/11/2007 First transmission: 05/11/2007
At the EC Press Briefing, Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the definition of wine as it stands in the European Commission's proposal for a reform of the wine market only includes the definition of wine made from grapes. As things stand at the moment, the Commission's proposal does not include fruit and berry wines under the definition of wine, the spokesperson said. He added that the Commission was aware of the problem and that when it comes to the final political compromise, the Commission will do everything it can to come to a compromise which is acceptable to everyone and pragmatic. Germany is to face the European Commission and EU Member States in a bid to save the designation of Apfelwein - its traditional apple wine - amid fears it is to be victim of new EU regulations.
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||Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, (in ENGLISH) saying that the proposal for the reform of the wine market includes definitions that only cover wine made from grapes; during the discussions in Council and in the expert groups, a number of countries, Germany included, but also countries from Eastern Europe and from the North of Europe, have pointed out their concerns for their fruit and berry wines because by definition if it is not included in the definition in the proposal, it would be excluded if the proposal was adopted as it is now;
the EC is fully aware of the importance of this issue; so when it comes to the final political compromise which they hope will be in December, they will do everything they can to come to a compromise which is acceptable to everyone and pragmatic; it is true to say that as things stand at the moment, the proposal of reform does not include fruit and berry wines under the definition of wine but they are aware of the problem and do what they can to make people as happy as possible
||Michael Mann (in ENGLISH) saying that a number of things that are in the current wine regime are not included in the EC's proposal because they want a radical reform of the wine market;
on the specific question of fruit and berry wines, the thinking was that if you look at the international definitions of wine by the International Wine Organisation for example, the central definition of wine is a product made from grapes; it was an attempt to give more coherence to the term "wine"; that was the original thinking in the proposal, but they are involved in a political negotiation and listen to opinions from important wine producing countries and try to find a pragmatic solution
||Michael Mann (in FRENCH) saying that they are involved in negotiations; they do hope to have a political agreement by December; the proposal was made in July to take a definition of wine as a product produced from grapes, but it is part of a negotiating process and they are open to proposals and keen to find a pragmatic agreement
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