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Parliament waters down contentious wine reform

Topic: Wine

Agriculture & Food 14-09-2015

Climate change threatens European wine production

The EU is the world's biggest wine producer, but a recent publication has revealed the extent to which the sector is under threat from climate change. EurActiv France reports
Europe's East 05-12-2013

Kerry snubs Ukraine, visits Moldova

US State Secretary John Kerry has snubbed a ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine, reportedly to show disapproval for the country’s recent U-turn toward Russia. Instead, Kerry paid a lightning visit to Moldova, which withstood Russian pressure and initialled an association agreement with the EU.
Europe's East 11-09-2013

Russia punishes Moldova by banning its wines

Russia yesterday (10 September) announced a ban on imports of Moldovan wines and spirits, saying they contained impurities, a move certain to be seen in the small ex-Soviet republic as retaliation for its drive to expand ties with the European Union.
Global Europe 06-08-2013

Trade rows forgotten as French winemakers look to China

In a few remote corners of China, a world away from Beijing's allegations of European wine dumping, makers of such lofty French brands as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Dom Perignon champagne are investing millions of dollars to produce vintages they hope will put Chinese wine on the world map.
Global Europe 30-07-2013

Cooler heads prevail in EU, China trade row over wine and solar panels

China has agreed to discuss dropping its inquiry into whether Europe is dumping wine, the EU's trade chief said on Monday (29 July), after EU and Chinese officials made a deal to avoid tariffs on solar panels from China.
Trade & Society 05-06-2013

Why an EU-China trade war is unlikely

Escalated tensions between the European Union and China over solar panel tariffs is not going to cause a trade war. These disputes are short-lived, even if they are expected to continue in the coming years, explains George Friedman.
Agriculture & Food 15-03-2013

Sugar mounds and wine lakes? Not likely, quota advocates say

Butter mountains and milk lakes. Those were the images invoked in the European Parliament this week by opponents of extending vineyard planting limits and protections for sugar beet farmers.

Spirits industry questions death toll in French alcohol study

The French have long had a reputation for drinking in moderation. However, a new report states that the reputation is misleading and attributes 49,000 premature deaths per year - or 134 every day - to alcohol-related diseases.
Regional Policy 17-12-2012

Grape producers toast results of planting rights talks

A coalition of grape growers, farm groups and major wine-producing countries appear to have won concessions to European Commission proposals for liberalising vine planting rights that are due to expire by 2016.
Regional Policy 03-09-2012

Grape growers fight to keep planting limits

Grape growers are lining up support from EU national governments and the European Parliament to protect limits on vine planting that are due to expire by 2016, a liberalisation move they claim will destroy one of Europe’s premier industries.
Agriculture & Food 22-08-2012

Danish fat tax a feast for German border shops

Denmark's recently introduced tax on food and drinks is driving shoppers to neighbouring Germany at an unprecedented level, according to a survey by the Danish Grocers’ Trade Organisation (DSK).
Health & Consumers 27-03-2008

Study finds pesticide residues in wine

A study by the European Pesticides Action Network (PAN) reveals that wines on sale in the EU may contain residues of up to 10 different pesticides potentially harmful to human health. But manufacturers argue that the quantities are so tiny that drinking wine poses no health risk.
Health & Consumers 20-03-2008

EU wine producers urge moderation

European wine producers have deplored the growing tendency to reduce wine to a simple alcoholic drink, consumed in vast quantities with no appreciation of the product. They are launching a programme to help promote the cultural dimension of wine and contribute to the EU goal of reducing alcohol abuse. 
Agriculture & Food 20-12-2007

Ministers agree on diluted wine reform

After three days of negotiations, agriculture ministers have passed, on 19 December, a reform package for the EU's wine sector which waters down the major overhaul that Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel was planning. Following pressure form Italy and France, fewer vineyards will be scrapped and the surplus will contiune to be distilled into alcohol.
Health & Consumers 22-11-2007

Parliament waters down contentious wine reform

The Parliament's Agriculture Committee has adopted a report on the Commission's proposed overhaul of the European wine sector, proposing a compromise on many of the draft's most disputed measures, including the grubbing-up of vines and designations of origin and labelling.