EU council majority behind substantial wine reform.
THE EUROPEAN Commission has managed to cajole European Union (EU)
member states into supporting substantial reform of the EU's wine
common market organisation, although differences remain over the
details. The EU Council of Ministers (agriculture) debated the
Commission's reform plans extensively yesterday (Mon 18 Sep), and a
council communique revealed there was no support for the status quo. And
although there was no support for complete liberalisation either,
meeting minutes showed "a large number of delegations"
supported the Commission's proposals, which the council secretariat regards as "profound reform". That said, "some
delegations"--thought to include France and Italy--either supported
lighter reforms or a combination of these and Brussels' plans.