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There is an arm wrestling match between the European Commission and the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament on delegated acts for exceptional market measures for the wine sector. MEPs objected to one of the acts in order to obtain more ambitious support, notably for the wine and fruit and vegetable sectors. The Commission announced that it would propose a new act “before the summer” and before Parliament takes a final position of rejection (or not) at its July plenary session.
Legislators from the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee have rejected part of the Commission’s proposed aid programme for wine, fruit and vegetable producers, saying it is not ambitious enough to cope with the disruption caused by the pandemic.
Exchange of views with Commissioner Johannes Hahn, responsible for Budget and Administration, on the new MFF proposal and the recovery plan after the Covid19 pandemic
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Wine news continues to be marked in this May by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The European Commission published on the 4th of May a package of exceptional measures announced on the 22nd of April, notably to help the wine sector. On the 2nd of June, the Agriculture Committee of the EP have rejected one of related delegated act (considering these measures to not enough ambitious) to put pressure to the European Commission to increase the level of flexibility.
France and Italy announced some national measures to further support the wine sector as well.
In May, the European Union unveiled its Farm to Fork strategy, the agri-food component of its Green Deal. Genetic engineering is timidly included, with reference to the European Commission’s ongoing study on the potential of new genomic techniques to improve sustainability throughout the food supply chain.
The wine sector in Italy, the world’s largest producer by volume, is expected to record a drop in turnover of 20 to 25% this year due to the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, according to an estimate by the study center of Mediobanca bank published Tuesday. This would represent a drop in turnover of around 2 billion euros.
The French government has announced 30 million euros more to support the wine sector in addition to the 140 million announced on May 1st. The measures include: the opening of a private storage aid measure in the amount of 15 million euros for 2Mhl complementary to crisis distillation; an increase in the crisis distillation envelope of 5 million euros for the purchase prices set at 78 € / hl for PDO / IGP wines and at 58 € / hl for others; aid to distilleries of up to 40 € / hlap for a total envelope of 10 million euros.
A recovery plan of 14 million euros for viticulture, hard hit by the health crisis linked to the coronavirus, was announced on May 29 by the president of the Occitanie region.