A more ambitious CAP reform proposal for wine was expected

Brussels, 1 June 2018 – Today the European Commission has presented its proposal for a new post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy -CAP-. The reform of the CAP offers an opportunity to secure the competitiveness at global level of the EU wine sector in order to protect its economic, social and environmental sustainability, but Commission’s proposal may not be sufficiently ambitious.

The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy presented today by the European Commission mostly rolls over the measures initiated during the 2008 wine reform. “We welcome the fact that the European Commission has maintained in its proposal the existing measures included in the wine National Support Programmes” said Jean Marie Barillère, President of CEEV.

Since the introduction of the 2008 common market organisation (CMO), the EU wine sector has developed impressively its exports (almost €11,3 billion in 2017). However, in a context of extreme international competition in today’s global wine market, the CAP reform could design a more effective market-oriented policy that would reinforce the long-term sustainability of European wine companies. “CEEV is convinced that CAP reform represents an opportunity to improve, modernise and facilitate the implementation of the measures covered by the National Support Programmes, however Commission proposal may be considered as conservative” said CEEV President. “In addition, to be fully efficient, the measures shall be coupled with an ambitious budget that will enable their efficient implementation. In this framework, the reduction of the budget allocated to the CAP for the 2021-2027 period, announced early May, is bad news for the wine sector” he added.

The CAP reform represents also an opportunity to amend the wine Common Market Organisation in order to solve issues the sector is currently facing. And one of these issues is the way the system of the authorisation of vine planting works, which does not secure the preservation of the potential production of the EU vineyard.
“We welcome Commission decision to include in its CAP proposal some elements of flexibility for the planting authorisation scheme. Despite the fact they will not solve the current problem, they are a step in the right direction.” said Ignacio Sánchez Recarte, Secretary General of CEEV.

“We will further assess in the next days Commission proposal and we will be very attentive to have a final text that maintains a real and strong Common Policy for wine. This is fundamental to protect the Single Market for wine and to secure the fair competition between all EU wine operators” added Ignacio Sánchez Recarte.


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Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV – represents the wine companies in the industry and trade in the European Union: still wines, aromatised wines, sparkling wines, liqueur wines and other vine products. It brings together 24 national organisations and its members produce and market the vast majority of quality European wines, with and without a geographical indication, and account for over 90% of European wine exports.

CEEV priorities for the new CAP are focused on securing the competitiveness and consequently the sustainability of the EU wine sector. They are based on 3 key axes:

1. Market-orientation: Markets shall remain a priority for wine in the new-CAP and this strategic axe should be supported by:
I. The maintenance of the wine National Support Programme with an ambitious budget
II. The improvement of the National Support Programme with the inclusion of a new market measure to tackle down Barriers to Trade and face unfair trade practices and menaces in trade defence cases.
2. Adaptation to the Markets: the new CAP should allow the EU wine sector to adapt more easily its production and products to markets orientations and consumers new expectations, in particular through:
I. The adjustment of the authorization for vine-planting scheme;
II. The inclusion of low alcohol and de-alcoholised wines into the wine Common Market Organization
III. The modernisation of the wine consumer information system by including the concept of e-label and the amendment of the mandatory particulars for wine.

3. Environmental sustainability: In order to reinforce the resilience of the EU wine sector towards environmental threats, CEEV requests:
I. Climate adaptation measures focused on the adaptation of vineyard to climate change;
II. Inclusion of measures to deter the rampant genetic erosion observed in European vineyards and to recover the lost diversity;
III. Inclusion of new varieties in the list of grape vine varieties allowed for the production of PDO wines;
IV. Simplified procedure for modification of wine training method in the product specification of GI wines.