The Single Text for wine is law
It is official: the Single Text for wine is finally law. “It is a result we have been working towards during these months, together with the Parliament,” commented the minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina. “Finally we can give producers a single reference law with 90 articles that summarise all of the previous legislation. It has been a long-awaited simplification operation which will enable us to cut red tape, improve the control system and give more transparent information to consumers.”
The importance of the winemaking sector
The importance of the wine sector for the national economy has not gone unnoticed: “With the Single Text we can help strengthen the growth of a sector that today is worth more than 14 billion euros and has exports of over 5.5 billion,” continues Martina. The announcement arrived from the Ministry on 28th November after the final approval by the Chamber of Deputies.
The response of the institutions in the sector
Satisfied comments from the institutions in the sector. Antonio Rallo, president of Unione Italiana Vini explains, “the institutions and political forces showed a new attention and willingness to discussion that gave rise to a document we are very satisfied with.”
Whereas Federvini underlines the importance of article 1 of the law, which officially declares wine to be an environmental, cultural and landscape heritage of the country. “The importance of wine as an identity-forming element of the country has finally and unanimously been understood. And also as a symbol of Italian exports,” commented the president Sandro Boscaini.
What will change with the Single Text for wine
The Single Text for wine translates into law the desire to simplify the procedures concerning production, sales, labelling, the designation system, right up to management, controls and the sanctioning system of the wine sector. A single reference law with a clear system, to streamline red tape in the sector. Among the changes, there is a regulation on the safeguard of heroic or historic vineyards, to promote the recovery and protection of specific territories, and intervention against product fraud. All controls on companies in the vinegrowing and wine-producing sector are merged in the single register of controls (RUCI).
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