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Parliamentary questions
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17 January 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005775/2018

According to Article 119(1)(d) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013(1), the labelling and presentation of wine must contain an indication of provenance. Moreover, point B(5) of Part II of Annex VIII to the same Regulation prohibits turning grapes originating in third countries into grapevine products referred to in Annex VII to that regulation or adding such products in the territory of the Union.

Detailed rules for the indication of the provenance are laid down in Article 55 of Regulation (EC) No 607/2009(2). This regulation is in the process of being modified, in order to align it with the Lisbon Treaty. During the alignment process, the Commission worked in close cooperation with the European Parliament and Member States, and the current labelling provisions were not modified.

Therefore, the interdiction to turn into wine the grapes imported from third countries, the obligation to indicate the provenance on the label of all wines (including ‘varietal wine’) and the modalities for the implementation of this labelling requirement will remain unchanged.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007. (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671)
(2)Commission Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 of 14 July 2009 laying down certain detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 as regards protected designations of origin and geographical indications, traditional terms, labelling and presentation of certain wine sector products (OJ L 193, 24.7.2009, p. 60‐139).

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