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Parliamentary questions
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19 June 2020
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002590/2020

The Commission is aware of the extremely negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wine sector, including in relation to wine stocks.

That is why it has already acted and prepared a range of measures to support the agri-food sector. This includes a regulation adopted on 16 April 2020 that alleviates the exceptional administrative difficulties regarding the planning and execution of timely on-the-spot checks in agriculture to take account of the restrictions arising from the efforts to combat the coronavirus(1).

The Commission also adopted on 30 April and on 4 May 2020 another package of measures that provides flexibilities inter alia in the implementation of the support programmes in the wine sector (NSPs)(2), including the temporary opening of two new measures to the NSPs: distillation of wine in case of crisis and aid to crisis storage of wine. Other measures include increasing the percentage of the Union contribution to several measures of the NSPs and allowing green harvesting during two consecutive years and on part of the holding only. These temporary measures, some of which adopted in application of Article 219 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013(3), provide capacity for operators to adapt to this unique situation.

Article 216 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 is a provision not linked to NSPs that may be applied by Member States in addition to the abovementioned measures.

(1)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/532 of 16 April 2020 derogating in respect of the year 2020 from Implementing Regulations (EU) No 809/2014, (EU) No 180/2014, (EU) No 181/2014, (EU) 2017/892, (EU) 2016/1150, (EU) 2018/274, (EU) 2017/39, (EU) 2015/1368 and (EU) 2016/1240 as regards certain administrative and on-the-spot checks applicable within the common agricultural policy (OJ L 119, 17.4.2020, p. 3).
(2)Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 of 30 April 2020 on temporary exceptional measures derogating from certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables and wine sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures linked to it (OJ L 140, 4.5.2020, p. 6).
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/600 of 30 April 2020 derogating from Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/892, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1150, Implementing Regulation (EU) No 615/2014, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1368 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (OJ L 140, 4.5.2020, p. 40).
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/601 of 30 April 2020 on emergency measures derogating from Articles 62 and 66 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the validity of vine planting authorisations and the grubbing up in case of anticipated replanting (OJ L 140, 4.5.2020, p. 46).
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) XX/XX of 4 May 2020 derogating in respect of the year 2020 from Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/891 as regards the fruit and vegetables sector and from Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1149 as regards the wine sector in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic (Adopted by the Commission. To be published at the end of the scrutiny period).
(3)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).
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