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Spirit drinks: Definition, labelling and geographical indications [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Tarja Laaninen (2nd edition),

Updated on 21.02.2018

Spirit drinks: Definition, labelling and geographical indications

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In December 2016, the European Commission proposed to replace Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 – the Spirit Drinks Regulation – with a new one, with the aim of aligning it with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). The proposal mainly involves grouping the provisions adopted by the Commission into delegated and implementing acts. In addition, it replaces the existing procedures for the protection of geographical indications (GIs) of spirit drinks with new ones, modelled on the recently updated procedures for quality schemes applied to agricultural products and foodstuffs.

According to spirits industry representatives, the proposal contains some substantive changes that need to be studied in detail to determine their impact.

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted its report on 24 January 2018. A mandate on opening interinstitutional negotiations is expected to be voted during the February II plenary.


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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

COM(2016) 750

procedure ref.: 2016/0392(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Pilar Ayuso (EPP, Spain)
Shadow rapporteurs:






Susanne Melior (S&D, Germany)

Bolesław G. Piecha (ECR, Poland)

Ulrike Müller (ALDE, Germany)

Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL, Ireland)

Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD, Italy)

Mireille D’Ornano (EFDD, France)

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary


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