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Madrid, July 23, 2012. – The Board of Directors of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils met this morning with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, after the meeting in which were treated the issues of concern of the Spanish wine industry at present and also, were taken important decisions in this regard, particularly the co-financing of an informative program in favor of moderate wine consumption to be held primarily at the national level and which will count in the same terms with the collaboration of the Wine Spanish Federation.
After the meeting with the Director General of the Food Industry, Fernando Burgaz, last April, in which were treated some of the issues of today’s meeting, the Board of Directors wanted to highlight its interest and claim to be the speaker of the Ministry for all matters related to wine and Appellations of Origin, as it is the only organization that represents and weighs up the balance of participation and equally defends both interests (producers and processors) and brings together the mayority of these.
Among the topics discussed, and in relation to the use of trademarks in the field of Appellations of Origin, the Conference requested the Ministry a legal framework that allows each Appellation takes the decision that best protects its reputation and prevents from impairment or damage by confusion.
As far as planting rights is concerned, the claim of the Spanish wine sector, expressed through the Conference unanimously, is the preservation of the system of planting rights, either by keeping the current status quo as various institutions pretend and is going to be demanded by the European People’s Party, extending it to 2030 as well arises within the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament or a revamped system that maintains the current principles and extends to all wines and European Union territory ,as it is demanded by some major producing countries.
In this area, the Conference has expressed the Minister that shares the rejection that EFOW has formulated (European Federation of Origin Wines, in which holds the Vice Presidency), by the approach of the works on the High Level Group established in relation with the planting rights, that claims rather avoid reversing the decision that the system of planting rights expire at the end of 2015 or in 2018, or to give a partial solution to the big problem that will take place if this measure comes.
The Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils maintains an active stance on all the issues that arise for the Spanish wine sector sharing with the Spanish Wine Federation his bet on two crucial issues for the sector right now. The need to promote a supporting dossier to allow the use of sulfur dioxide as a biocide, for which the Conference was mobilized in March and immediately raised all the funds it is required for the viability of the project, and in any case, given the strategic nature of Spanish wine, its food characterization as part of the Mediterranean diet, traditional and cultural values and its proven benefits, provided that their consumption is moderate, the Conference agreed in 2010 implementing , on equal terms with the FEV, an information campaign under the slogan “Who knows to drink, knows how to live”, recently approved by the EU authorities. As made explicit in this note, the endorsement of the Conference participation in this program is one of the most important decisions taken at the meeting held today. The campaign would have FIVIN scientific collaboration.
As far as promotion measure in the framework of the CMO, has been found to be effective after the first five years of operation and also the co-responsibility of the sector as the co-financing of the 50% is required. Weight reasons are leading to the Conference to advocate for their preservation in view of the CAP reform, the revised legislative framework and the new financial statement. The Conference has estimated a few improvements needed: to exceed the time limit of five years for performances beneficiary / country and expand the territorial scope to the EU as well as to third countries, the current destination.
Finally, The Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils, by maintaining active stance, has requested support from the Ministry for the support of its activities and achieve its goals.
Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils is made up by 57 Regulatory Councils, representing 59 Designations of Origin (Jerezy Málaga are double ones, including Manzanilla and Sierras de Málaga).
They are also made up by more than 4.500 wineries along the country. Also, the councils mentioned have got 134.523 vine-growers, owning584.832 ha.
Moreover, CECRV belongs to a European Federation of Organizations that has the charge of wines designated by origin (EFOW). The French organization CNAOC, the Italian FEDERDOC and the Portuguese IVDP are part of EFOW too. EFOW is made also made up by a Hungarian organization that acts as observer.
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