PRESS RELEASE | CAP Reform: EFOW welcomes the mandates of the European Parliament and the Council

Brussels, 23 October 2020

EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines, welcomes the positive results for wine appellations of the vote in the European Parliament and the negotiations in the Council on the CAP reform. EFOW members hope that the trilogues will lead to an ambitious CAP for the sector.

MEPs and Agricultural Ministers responded positively to the expectations of wine appellations. They approved crucial changes for the future of the sector such as: the extension of planting authorisations beyond 2030, a specific framework for the labelling of ingredients and nutritional value, a better protection of our intellectual property rights and the possibility for wine appellations to experiment with resistant vine varieties.

EFOW’s President, Mr. Bernard Farges, explains: “Our elected representatives have listened to winegrowers. They have provided answers to major issues such as the regulation of plantings beyond 2030, the introduction of resistant varieties and nutritional labelling. We thank them for their commitment and political courage.

Moreover, EFOW believes that the mandate of the European Parliament is particularly ambitious. Indeed, MEPs have seized the reform to strengthen collective management tools by giving more competences to interbranch organisations and opening the way to value sharing for GI products. They’ve also consolidated our promotional tools and created strong environmental measures.

Mr Bernard Farges adds: “We hope that during the trilogues, Ministers and the European Commission will show openness to the European Parliament’s interesting proposals“.