For EFOW, the future CAP offers new perspectives for the wine sector

Brussels, 26 June 2013. EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines welcomes the final agreement reached by the three European institutions on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The wine sector has obtained a key mechanism for regulating its production potential that will allow for a balanced and sustainable development of the EU wine sector.

After more than two years of negotiations, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament reached on 26 June 2013, an agreement on the future Common Agricultural Policy. The text safeguards a control system of vine plantations until 2030, i.e. a tool that winemakers had been demanding for many years.

For the European federation of origin wines (EFOW) this agreement comes at the end of a long struggle during which a better understanding has been obtained on the importance of the regulation of the production potential for the development of the wine sector. The new system will cover vine plantations for all categories of wine with a maximum increase of planting authorizations set at 1% per year.

Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President EFOW said: “The agreement reached today on the future CAP is great news for the wine sector in Europe. It provides us with new development opportunities that will allow us to contribute even more to the economy of our regions and to the trade balance of the EU. We would like to sincerely thank all those involved in this difficult negotiation. Members of the European Parliament who have supported us since the beginning of the discussion on planting rights, in particular Michel Dantin and Paolo De Castro, the Ministers of the wine producing countries who have defended the regulation but also Commissioner Ciolos who was able to meet the wine sector’s demands by opening a constructive discussion which lead to this historic agreement. ”

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