Printer Friendly

EU-South Africa Trade Pact Hung-Up on Wine Names.

The European Union's (EU) development commission conceded its policy towards South Africa lacked coherence. Negotiations between the EU and South Africa on a wines and spirits agreement are deadlocked, threatening the endorsement of an even broader trade accord than the one signed last month. That agreement covered 90 percent of the $20-billion in annual EU-South Africa trade and was hailed by the EU as a shining example how it could strengthen relations with developing countries.

But ratification by national EU parliaments could be held-up by the failure to agree on a linked wines and spirits accord. South Africa refuses to bow to EU demands to stop using a wide variety of terms for wines and spirits which the EU says should be reserved for European products. These include "grappa" and "ouzo," as well as so-called traditional expressions such as "grand cru" for wines.

Also at the development ministers' meeting, there was broad support for the EU to take a more flexible approach in negotiations with 71 developing countries on a new trade and aid pact. Negotiations between the EU and the 71-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group on a successor to the Lome Convention, which has governed their relations since 1975, have made slow progress. Many ACP countries object to an EU demand to make "good governance" a base of the pact because they say it could be used by the EU to suspend aid in certain circumstances. While the EU still sees "good governance" as a goal, most EU countries now favor making clear that only corruption could be grounds for suspending aid.
COPYRIGHT 1999 Informa Economics, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1999 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Comment:EU-South Africa Trade Pact Hung-Up on Wine Names.
Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Geographic Code:4EU
Date:Nov 22, 1999
Previous Article:Earthgrains Buys Metz Baking, Creates the Second-Largest Fresh Bread Maker.
Next Article:Diageo, Other Liquor Makers See Wal-Mart As Sales Boost in UK.

Related Articles
EU Holds Up Trade Agreement With South Africa Over Labeling of Wines, Spirits.
South Africa Makes Port, Sherry Labeling Concession in EU Trade Accord.
Update on EU Trade Pact and South Africa's Port and Sherry Labels.
Historic trade deal finally signed.
EU, South Africa Compromise on Wine Deal for Sake of Trade Pact.
Booze rocks EU-SA marriage.
EU to Propose Measures Aimed at Resolving S. Africa Liquor Controversy.
European Union Worried South African Wine Deal Will Miss Deadline.
EU and South Africa to sign wine and spirit free trade pact. (News briefs).

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |