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Parliamentary questions
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7 July 2021
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002594/2021

The potential development of dealcoholised wines is an important market opportunity for the EU wine sector. Consumer demand for wine products with a lower alcoholic strength has been increasing significantly in recent years.

In its 2018 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform proposal, the Commission proposed to adapt the EU wine legal framework to cover these new and promising products. That proposal does not include any reference to water addition.

The decision concerning this proposal rests with the European Parliament and the Council. As a matter of fact, in the ongoing trilogue discussions, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed, subject to the outcome of the overall negotiations, to consider dealcoholised and partially dealcoholised wines as wine products, to require a specific labelling for such products, and to allow the partial dealcoholisation of wines under protected denominations of origin or protected geographical indications. This provisional agreement does not allow the addition of water during the dealcoholisation process.

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