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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the sugaring of wine as a form of distortion of competition

Mara Bizzotto

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the sugaring of wine as a form of distortion of competition  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas northern European countries are allowed to sweeten their wines by adding sucrose to them in order to increase their alcohol content; whereas this practice is prohibited in the traditional wine-producing countries of southern Europe, such as Italy;

B.  whereas Italian producers can enrich their wines only by adding concentrated must and rectified concentrated must, which are more expensive than sucrose;

C.  whereas in 2008 the EU abolished its financial support for wine-growers who use grape must, while retaining the differential treatment of Member States with regard to the sugaring of wine;

D.  whereas the competitive disadvantage faced by southern European wine-growers is compounded also by the fact that there is no mandatory requirement to mention the sucrose on labels;

E.  whereas Italian wine-growers and Italian wine cooperatives are calling for the addition of sucrose to wine to be prohibited and, in the interests of greater transparency for consumers, for it to be made compulsory to indicate the use of sucrose on labels;

1.  Calls on the Commission to consider following up on the concerns of Italian wine-growers and Italian wine cooperatives;

2.  Calls on the Commission to take measures to ensure there is fair competition between wine producers in the EU.

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