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Posted: Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:36

EU Commission dithers on organic wine laws

EU Commission withdrew the draft proposal to introduce rules for the production of organic wine last week, making the association of European farmers and agri-cooperatives- Copa- Cogeca announce that it regretted the decision and called on the Commission and Member States to work together to define EU rules for organic-  wine production.

Speaking in Brussels, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed “I am really disappointed by the move. For Copa-Cogeca, EU legislation on organic wine is urgently needed in order to harmonise rules on organic wine at EU level and to develop the market for this product, especially since there is increasing demand for it and because there are already many private standards that cover wine making.

“We believe that the definition of organic wine should conform to the objective and general principles of organic agriculture, especially quality; respect of the environment and protection of human health. These concepts must apply to the whole process of organic wine production, from the vineyard to the bottle. The difference between organic and conventional wine cannot be limited to the grape production”.

“Researchers, producers, Member states and the Commission have worked for several years on the definition of rules for organic wine making and those efforts constitute a excellent base for a proposal. I consequently urge the Commission to come back to these proposals as soon as possible”, he added.

There was no reply from their Senior Policy Advisor, Eva Corral to whom a few queries were sent by delWine.


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