On the past July 23rd the Steering Board of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the same following an Assembly in which the matters that currently concern the Spanish wine-growing sector were put forward, duly adopting important decisions in this regard. In particular the matter of co-financing of a computer program that will promote moderate consumption of wine and which is basically being developed within the national scope and in which the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV) is also collaborating under the same terms.
Amongst the matters that were dealt with and in relationship with the use of commercial brands within the scope of the Designation of Origin, the Conference has requested of the Ministry a legal frame that will allow each Designation to adopt the decision that best protects its reputation and hinders its diminishment or detriment due to the existing confusion.
In as far as the plantation rights are concerned, the Spanish wine-growing sector’s plan, expressed through the Conference in unanimous fashion, is to protect the system of plantation rights. Thus either by maintaining the current status quo as is the desire of a number of institutions and in like manner to what the European Popular Party is exacting, or extend the same up until 2030 according to the plan that was put forward by the European Parliament Agriculture Committee or creation of a renovated system that maintains the current principles and that will be extensive to all wines and the territory of the European Union, as is being claimed by some of the main producer countries.
It is also within this scope that the Conference has told the Ministry that it agrees with the idea of rejection that the EFOW (European Federation of Origin Wines) has formulated, of which it also holds the Vice-Presidency. This due to the approach of the work carried out in the High Level Group that was formed in relationship with the plantation rights, which actually pretends to avoid reverting the decision that the system of plantation rights is to expire at the end of 2015 or in 2018, or provide a partial solution to the important problem that will arise if this measure is taken to term.
The Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils holds an active position in all the problems that are put forward for the Spanish wine-growing sector, sharing its wager on two crucial matters for the sector at this time with the Spanish Wine Federation. The need to promote a substantiating dossier in order to ensure use of sulphur dioxide as a biocide, for which the Conference took action in the past month of March and immediately collected the totality of the funds that were exacted of them for viability of the project. And, on the other part, taking into account the strategic nature of Spanish wine, its characterization as a food product forming part of the Mediterranean diet, its traditional and cultural values and its validated benefits, as long as it is consumed in moderation. Thus in 2010 the Conference agreed to instrument, under like conditions with the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), an Information Campaign under the slogan “Quien sabe beber, sabe vivir” (He who knows how to drink, knows how to live), which has been recently approved by the community authorities. As was made explicit in this note, the endorsement of the Conference’s participation in this program currently represents one of the most important decisions that have been adopted in the Assembly that was held today. The Campaign will count with the scientific collaboration of the FIVIN (Wine and Nutrition Research Foundation).
In that pertaining to the promotional measure within the frame of the CMO (Common Market Organization), its effectiveness after its first five years of operation has been duly proven, as is likewise the case with the sector’s co-responsibility in the measure that exacts co-financing at 50%. Arguments of importance have led the Conference to champion its protection in view of the reform of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), the reviewed legislative framework, and the new financial record sheet. The Conference has considered that a couple of improvements are necessary: to overcome the temporary limit of five years for the beneficiary/country actions and extend the territorial scope of application to the European Union, as well as to third countries, which is the current goal.
Finally, the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils, given the active position it maintains, has requested support from the Ministry in order to sustain its activities and secure its goals.
The Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils is currently composed of 55 Regulatory Councils, representing 57 Designations of Origin (doubling Jerez and Málaga with Manzanilla and Sierras de Málaga). In commercial terms and more specifically, its associates group together more than 4,500 wineries throughout the country, which dispatched 1,384,982,090 bottles during the 2009-2010 campaign. It is also worthy of noting that the mentioned Regulatory Councils include 134,523 wine growers, with 584,832 hectares in their holding.
Likewise, the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils has been integrated in a European Federation of organizations that safeguards wines that are identified by their origin (EFOW, European Federation of Origin Wines). In this Federation also participate the French organization CNAOC, along with the Italian organization FEDERDOC and the Portuguese organization IVDP, with which they have been collaborating since the year 2008. The equivalent Hungarian organization also takes part in the mentioned Federation as an observer.
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