Responsibilities and Goals
Responsibilities and Goals
Responsibilities in accordance with its statutes
The German Winegrowers’ Association (Deutscher Weinbauverband e.V., abbreviated dwv) is the professional organization of German winegrowers. Its purpose is to:
- represent its members’ overall interests before international and national institutions and organizations at home and abroad and to safeguard and promote the professional interests of German winegrowers. This should be done in close cooperation with the German Farmers’ Association (Deutscher Bauernverband) and the German Raiffeisen Federation (Deutscher Raiffeisenverband, the association representing German winegrowers’ cooperatives).
- advise and support its member associations with regard to all technical questions and to provide them with the latest scientific findings by constantly monitoring scientific and technological developments that are relevant to viticulture
- foster the sales of German wines to the best of its ability.
Clearly defined allocation of responsibilities
"Regional organizations are responsible for representing wine producers’ interests on a state level. The dwv is responsible for safeguarding wine producers’ overall interests on national and international levels."
Close cooperation with the German Farmers’ Association and German Raiffeisen Federation should strengthen the synergism in representing professional interests on behalf of German wine producers. Furthermore, cooperation with other national associations of the wine and beverage industries, as well as the food industry, is desirable, particularly if it enables the dwv to better fulfill its duties.
The dwv supports the consistent implementation of the principle of subsidiarity. As such, EU law should only be responsible for regulations that are needed to achieve an EU internal market with common provisions.
Representing international interests
Everyone is increasingly aware of the challenge of a global economy. Thanks to modern transportation and communication possibilities, the world – including the wine world – is becoming smaller and smaller. Global commerce in wine has increased ca. 30% in recent years, and now comprises some 70 million hectoliters.
In our branch, we are particularly aware of this, since Germany is not only an important wine-exporting nation, but also the largest wine importer in the world
With increasing globalization, it is necessary to safeguard German interests in the international professional and political scene.
Cooperation with international organizations of the wine industry, e.g. International Office of Vine and Wine (O.I.V.)/Paris and International Federation of Wines and Spirits (FIVS), Paris, ensures that interests are safeguarded on an international level firsthand."
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the dwv to represent German wine interests worldwide through bilateral contacts with professional organizations or national offices in non-member countries, as well as through the organization of international conferences and symposia within the framework of the trade fair Intervitis Interfructa.
Representing European interests
One of the primary responsibilities of the dwv is to represent its members’ interests in the European Union. This calls for regular networking with EU authorities, particularly the Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament, Economic and Social Committee and Regional Policy Committee. Membership in the Advisory Committee for Wine at the Commission also helps the dwv to safeguard its members’ interests.
In order to best represent its members’ interests within Europe, the dwv is active in European organizations, such as in the joint specialist group “wine” of the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations in the EU/General Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives in the EU (COPA-COGECA) and in the wine trade committee of experts(CEPV) of the Assembly of European Viticultural Regions (AREV).
European professional wine producers’ organizations:
COPA-COGECA is the large European organization representing agricultural producers and agricultural cooperatives. European viticultural producers’ and viticultural cooperatives’ organizations meet in the joint specialist group “wine.” Several European countries do not have their own viticultural organizations, and only subgroups within the agricultural producers’ organization deal with their viticultural interests.
The joint specialist group “wine” has traditionally been very involved with measures affecting market organization. Only recently has it taken a greater interest in market questions about labelling laws, tax laws and the subject of wine and health.
Assembly of European Viticultural Regions
In recent years an additional European organization was formed: Assembly of European Viticultural Regions, abbreviated AREV. It deals with questions of European viticulture.
Here one can see a certain parallelism between the general political movements in Europe with the special interests of the wine industry. The larger the European Union has become, the more the necessity of creating a “Europe of regions” has been discussed. The principle of subsidiarity was laid down in the Maastricht Treaty, i.e. responsibility is to be delegated as much as and wherever possible to the lowest level of authority. Those responsible in the union are the governments of the regions, not the wine industry organizations. In praxis, however, the latter are involved with the governments’ work.
The German winegrowing regions participate in AREV through their respective (political) states. They have asked the dwv to coordinate measures.
Representing national interests
The dwv is responsible for representing and coordinating its members’ interests on a national level, particularly before the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, as well as the German government and subordinate departments.
On a national level, priorities have shifted. More and more questions related to wine law are settled in Brussels. As such the national government – in addition to issues related to the national wine law and regulations to execute it – focuses on other issues, such as environmental law, plant protection measures, packaging, fertilization etc., as well as tax law and social questions.
In the sphere of tax and social legislation, the dwv works closely with the German Farmers’ Association Deutschen Bauernverband) and German Raiffeisen Federation (Deutschen Raiffeisenverband) zusammen. The national responsibilities of the dwv also include close cooperation with the German Wine Fund (Deutscher Weinfonds), German Wine Institute (Deutsches Weininstitut), and the German Wine Academy (Deutsche Weinakademie) – an organization that gathers, analyzes and publicizes information on the subject of wine and health. Last but not least: the dwv also is responsible for issuing market reports and statistics, and supporting the work of the German Wine Academy.