ANNOUNCEMENT 04 May 2020

In May 2020, the European Union approved exceptional measures to support the wine sector to adapt to the market disturbances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

EUR-Lex. Official Journal. “Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 of 30 April 2020 on temporary exceptional measures derogating from certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables and wine sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures linked to it”. 04/05/2020. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R0592&qid=1612257764049

European Commission. Questions and Answers: Q&A on the measures published to further support the agricultural and food sectors. 04/05/2020. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/QANDA_20_798

EUR-Lex. Official Journal. "Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007". 20/12/2013. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32013R1308&qid=1612261627371

Update July 2020
EUR-Lex. Official Journal. “Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/975 of 6 July 2020 authorising agreements and decisions on market stabilisation measures in the wine sector”. 07/07/2020. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R0975&qid=1612257541329

European Commission. Press release. “€Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector”. 07/07/2020. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1267

Update January 2021
EUR-Lex. Official Journal. "Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/95 of 28 January 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 on temporary exceptional measures derogating from certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables and wine sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures linked to it". 28/01/2021. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2021.031.01.0198.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2021%3A031%3ATOC

European Commission. New. “€Commission extends package of support measures for the wine sector”. 28/01/2021. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-extends-package-support-measures-wine-sector-2021-jan-28_en

Update November 2021
EUR-Lex. Official Journal. "Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2026 of 13 September 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 as regards certain temporary derogations from Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the wine sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and their period of application". 22/11/2021. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2021.415.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2021%3A415%3ATOC

Inception date: 05 May 2020 | Removal date: 15 Oct 2022

State aid, unspecified

On 4 May 2020, the EU adopted Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 that establishes temporary exceptions to previous regulations in order to support the wine sector given the market disturbances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to finance the support measures adopted, interested Member States can use the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (see related state act). 

The objective is to remove the wine surplus in the EU market in order to help producers address the market disturbances. Two types of support are detailed in the regulation:

  • Article 3 establishes the possibility to support via crisis distillation systems, which provide support to distill the surplus wine stocks into alcohol. The final product can exclusively be used for industrial purposes (disinfection, pharmaceutical and energy purposes).
  • Article 4 provides aid via crisis storage mechanisms, which provide support in order to support the management/storage of large volumes of wine with no immediate marketing. 

Beneficiaries are wine enterprises producing products detailed in Annex VII to Regulation (EU) 1308/2013, as well as wine producer organisations, associations, interbranch organisations or distillers of grapevine products. Importantly, in order to avoid that the support being given twice, beneficiaries can only apply to one of the aforementioned types of support per volume of wine.

As the norm establishes the possibility to include these temporary measures in their national support programmes, Member states can decide whether they need to establish the mechanisms or not. They may also establish priority selection criteria and specific objectives.

The Regulation entered into force the day following its publication, namely 5 May 2020, and will be valid until 15 October 2020.

Update 

On 7 July 2020, the EU adopted Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/975 which modifies the support conditions of the previous measures. The main changes are for increasing the coverage of support, with no changes to the budget nor the time validity. 

On 28 January 2021, the EU adopted Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/95 extending the support measures until 15 October 2021. Notably, the measure has a retrospective validity since it entered into force on 16 October 2020.

On 22 November 2021, the EU adopted Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2026 extending the present measure until 15 October 2022. The measure has a retrospective validity as it applies from 16 October 2021. 

AFFECTED SECTORS