Winegrowers and agricultural producers are demonstrating in Europe, faced with the imbalance between the objectives set out in the European framework and the lack of realistic solutions, resulting from the immobility of the European institutions.
For 35 years, AREV has been acting as the interlocutor of the European wine-growing regions with the European institutions to defend their interests. During this time, when the need has arisen, we have warned both the European Parliament and the European Commission of the risks of agricultural policy not taking into account the reality of the European countryside and the peculiarities of each of the member countries.
The concerns and warnings that AREV has repeatedly conveyed to the European Commission have gone unheeded and this has led both winegrowers and primary producers from different sectors to intensify their protest measures and actions, in a difficult situation, so that the institutions take action on the matter, taking into account the reality on the ground.
AREV hopes that these demonstrations by the representatives of the rural world as a whole will lead the Commission and the governments of all European countries to take measures to respond to the needs and the complex situation of farmers in general and winegrowers in particular.
AREV believes that economically sustainable solutions do exist, but it is necessary to generate a framework of consensus and to implement them.
The AREV hopes that, in the new legislature, the European institutions will adopt a new approach and a more realistic vision of viticulture and agriculture. It also hopes that all the institutions, both European and national, will review this situation and listen to the demands of those who have felt abandoned or treated differently.
AREV also calls for calm and for the demonstrations to take place in a civic and peaceful manner within the common framework of Europe, as all producers share the same problems, and we therefore condemn any kind of aggression against the free trade of winegrowers’ and farmers’ products within the framework of the European Union.
Europe must remain united, in fraternity, and the only way forward is to move forward together on the measures to be taken, in a way that is compatible with the reality and particularities of each member state.
The solution is not to be found in the confrontation between winegrowers and producers of the different EU countries, but in real and material decisions and actions, but not by limiting the freedom of movement of European products in our common market framework, nor by support in words but not in deeds by national or European leaders.
AREV expects to move from words to deeds.