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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement between the European Community and the United States of America on trade in wine
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature London
Date of Signature 10/03/2006
Date of Entry Into Force 10/03/2006
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement a) to facilitate trade in wine between the Parties and to improve cooperation in the development and enhance the transparency of regulations affecting such trade; (b) to lay the foundation, as the first phase, for broad agreement on trade in wine between the Parties; (c) to provide a framework for continued negotiations in the wine sector.
Remarks Important provisions provided by the agreement: 1. Mutual recognition between the U.S. and the EC of each other’s existing wine-making practices and a procedure for determining future practices; 2. The United States will limit the use of certain “semi-generic” terms to wines originating in the EC for the U.S. market, including Burgundy, Chablis, Champagne, Chianti, Claret, Haut, Sauterne, Hock, Madeira, Malaga, Marsala, Moselle, Port, Retsina, Rhine, Sauterne, Sherry, and Tokay. Exceptions apply for wines not originating in the EC using these names before December 13, 2005 and if the term is only used on labels bearing the brand name for which an applicable COLA has been issued; 3. The EC will allow U.S. wine producers to use certain previously prohibited terms on wine labels exported to the EC, including chateau, classic, clos, cream, crusted/crusting, fine, late bottled vintage, noble, ruby, superior, sur lie, tawny, vintage, and vintage character (if the term has been approved for use on U.S. labels on a COLA); 4. Both the U.S. and the EC have agreed to recognize certain names of origin in each other’s market; and 5. The Agreement also provides for simplified certification requirements and a labeling protocol.
OJ Reference L87, 24/03/2006, p. 2
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, United States of America
Authentic Texts Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Agriculture
North America
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 20 December 2005 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the United States of America on trade in wine; OJ L87 of 24/03/2006, p.1
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 133

Last Update :   05/12/2008