Written by Tarja Laaninen (1st edition),
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.
The purpose and scope of the existing regulation would remain unchanged; the few technical adjustments introduced to its text are only aimed at simplifying and clarifying it. However, according to spirits industry representatives, the proposal contains some substantive changes that need to be studied in detail to determine their impact. The procedure is still in its initial stages.
|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)||
procedure ref.: 2016/0392(COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Pilar Ayuso (EPP, Spain)|
|Susanne Melior (S&D, Germany)
Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD, Italy)
|Next steps expected:||Publication of draft report|