New EU wine rules allow for increased demand

A new scheme for authorisations of vine plantations has been published by the European Commission, which allows for a yearly limit in expansion of the EU’s wine areas.

The new rules are in agreement with the reforms in the Common Agricultural Policy in 2013, and were also approved by the European Parliament and the member states.

The publication confirms that the member states should, at a national level, manage a system of free, non-transferable planting authorisations.

Any new plantations are to be liable to safeguard mechanisms, with authorisations limited to one per cent growth in a member state’s vine surface a year.

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