This Thursday, the Assembly of European Wine Regions (AREV) will hold its 28th Plenary Session in a virtual format, delayed from its initial planning in June because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On this Plenary Session, AREV members will share issues that no one could have imagined a year ago, such as the consequences of Covid-19 on the wine sector.

With a new Parliament, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the recovery of the sector from the effects of Covid-19, US tariffs, digitisation and precision viticulture, new breeding techniques (NBT), labelling, steeply sloping vineyards, border taxes for intra-European trade, and many other issues affecting the European wine regions will occupy a large part of this General Assembly of the AREV, an organisation that is unique in that it includes political and interprofessional representation, bringing together the presidents of the European regions and, under a Professional Chamber (European Professional Wine Council – CEPV), professional organisations.

The AREV’s Plenary Session is supported by a large number of leading authorities on the European political scene, including Mrs. Julia Glöckner, Minister of Agriculture in Germany, the current holder of the presidency of Council of the European Union, and the Opening session will be attended by leading authorities such as the President of Castilla-La Mancha and President of the AREV, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Janusz Wojciechowski, MEP Ana Sander, the President of the Grand Est Region, Jean Rottner, and its Vice-President, Pascale Gaillot, responsible for viticulture in the French Region.

During this Plenary Session, a review of the actions carried out by the Organisation since the last Plenary Session held in the Azores will be made, having as an item of the agenda the vote on the region which will hold the Presidency of the AREV for the next two years, held for the last three years by Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), through its elected president, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez.

The Plenary Session will also have a cast of expert speakers who will share the current affairs of the wine sector, highlighting the participation of the Director of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Pau Roca, the President of Wines of COPA-COGECA, Thierry Coste and the President of FARM EUROPE, Yves Madre.

Finally, the Plenary Session will be closed by the Head of Unit of the Wine, Alcohol, and Horticultural Products group of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, João Onofre, and the MEP Paolo De Castro.

Contact person: Aynard de Clermont Tonnerre (Deputy to the General Secretariat) 
Phone: +33 6 34 42 69 44