Lords backs EU plan to relax wine labelling rules

27 July, 2007

The House of Lords' European Committee has published its first thoughts on the European Commission's wine reform plans.

The interim report, published on July 23, lists the committee's conclusions in response to the proposals put forward by the commission on July 4.

Among the proposals backed by the committee are relaxations in the current regulations on wine labelling and the end of crisis distillation.

It also said it supports proposals to set aside marketinng funds to boost sales of EU wines as long as they are targeted "at consumers within as well as outside the community".

But the committee said it is against plans to ban chaptalisation because it would "unnecessarily increase production costs", and also is against extending the planting ban until 2013. Both proposals could have negative effects on the English wine industry.

The committee's final report will be published in October following meetings with agriculture ministers.

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