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EU: Vineyards

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What effect the European Union's policy of grubbing out vineyards and destroying or reconstituting nearly 1 billion bottles of wine will have on the growing British winemaking industry.[HL6275]

The European Union has a structural surplus of wine production which needs to be addressed to provide a sustainable future for the sector. A number of options for achieving this are set out in the Commission's communication, Towards a sustainable European wine sector, but detailed legislative proposals for reform of the current regime are not expected until early in 2007. A successful reform should allow dynamic and competitive industries to prosper in a restructured market.