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The most important personalities of the european wine world met in Brussels this 7th november at the Permanent Representation of Bavaria, invited by Jean-Paul Bachy, President of the Association European regions wine (AREV).
They took the floor : Jean-Paul Bachy, also president of the Champagne-Ardennes region, presidents or representatives of regions in France, Italy, Romania, Germany, Spain and especially Mrs Astrid Lulling, President of the wine intergoupe of the European Parliament and Michel Dantin, MEP and rapporteur CMO wines. They also noted the presence of national french MP’s Philippe MARTIN, chairman of ANEV, Marine Le Pen MEP. The Regional Minister for agriculture of the region of Veneto Franco MANZATO represented all Italian wine regions.
The different stakeholders, all united stressed the dire consequences which should occur after the liberalisation and also expressed their misunderstanding of the current position of officials of the European Commission as European Commissioner Dacian CIOLOS showed signs of opening to the wine industry and regions.
These consequences are: standardization of wine production, loss of family wine farms, disappearance of key elements of European winemaking : « climate, terroirs, grands crus ».
The coming months will be crucial to counter the liberalization of planting rights.
Interview with Gilles SAVARY, member of French Parliament 5e circ. Gironde (PS), at AREV conference on plantations rights held in Brussels the 7th November 2012.