EU wine reform proposals.
THE EUROPEAN Commission has released its long awaited comprehensive reform proposals for the European Union's (EU) wine common market. Brussels has proposed ending compulsory distillation, where millions of Euros are spent turning surplus unsold wine into industrial alcohol. Also, aid for private storage would go. On the other hand, the Commission would pump Euro 2.4 billion into grubbing up, to reduce the land used to grow uncompetitive wine, encouraging unsuccessful growers to make another product. EU agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said: "We are producing too much wine for which there is no market. We spend far too much money disposing of surpluses instead of building quality and competitiveness".