German Winegrowers’ Association assails EU-Commission to introduce new bureaucratic obligations

The European Commission wants to introduce a special measuring of area under vine for certain support measures via implementing regulations. The European area under vine, however, has already been recorded in a so called winegrowing land register binding for all member states by using a complex system. In this case, slopes and turn-around areas are recorded which, according to the Commissions directive for restructuring measures and grubbing-up program, should be taken out of the measuring. All representatives of the member states reject these plans of the Commission since this would cause an enormous bureaucratic and financial burden.

The European Commission wants to introduce a special measuring of area under vine for certain support measures via implementing regulations. The European area under vine, however, has already been recorded in a so called winegrowing land register binding for all member states by using a complex system. In this case, slopes and turn-around areas are recorded which, according to the Commissions directive for restructuring measures and grubbing-up program, should be taken out of the measuring. All representatives of the member states reject these plans of the Commission since this would cause an enormous bureaucratic and financial burden. The president of German Winegrowers’ Association Norbert Weber, comments the approach of the Commission as follows: “It was a big mistake to extend its competence by implementing the reform of the CMO for Wine, because this enables the Commission to push through implementing regulations its ideas which never would have been accepted by the majority of the Council of ministers. We insist on accepting the established land registers for areas under vine as the only data source for measuring of winegrowing areas. If the Commission’s idea is correct that certain member states in Southern Europe did not record exactly those winegrowing areas temporarily not cultivated then it should issue a specific directive to remedy these defects. It seems really absurd to implement new regulations only because an existing regulation is not applied properly in some member states!”