PRESS RELEASE | CAP reform: EU wine appellations welcome the political compromise

Brussels, 25 June 2021 – EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines, welcomes the political compromise reached by the European institutions on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) during this week’s “super” trialogue. Major improvements for the development of wine appellations have been secured.

For the last 3 years, EFOW and its members have been actively working on the CAP reform. This work towards the European Parliament (EP), the Member States and the European Commission (EC) has paid off. The wine appellation sector is very satisfied with the compromise found by the negotiators which provides a stronger regulatory framework for appellation wines, in particular, with regard to the extension and improvement of the planting authorisation scheme, the maintenance of a wine specificities in terms of labelling of calories and ingredients, the strengthening of the concept of appellation also from a sustainability perspective and the consolidation of promotional activities in third countries for wine appellations.

EFOW’s President, Mr. Bernard Farges, explains: “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to congratulate the European institutions for all the work they have done over the last years and especially over the past months on this crucial reform for our sector. I would particularly like to thank the MEPs in charge of the negotiations, the rapporteur Mr Andrieu and the shadow rapporteurs Mrs Sander and Mr Decerle on the CMO reform and the rapporteur Mr Jahr, and the shadow rapporteurs Mrs Noichl and Mr Hlaváček on the Strategic Plans reform, as well as the Ministers of Agriculture of the wine-producing countries and the Portuguese Presidency. Of course, we are also very grateful to the members of the EP Committee on Agriculture and the Wine Intergroup, co-presided by Mrs. Tolleret, for their continuous and decisive support. We also thank the European Commission for its constructive and positive approach during all the negotiations on wine issues. We now hope that the European institutions will quickly validate this political agreement so that the new framework may be implemented as soon as possible. “