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.