Answer to Written Question: Replacement of lost income for wine grape producers and support for small and cooperative wineries

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski

on behalf of the European Commission


The Commission is aware of the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European wine sector. It is also aware of the reduction in wine consumption (due to the closure of the Hotels, Restaurants and Catering (HORECA) sector) and of the resulting economic and financial losses for wine growers and producers.

For all these reasons, in January 2021, the Commission extended the crisis measures[1][2][3] adopted in 2020 to help wine growers and producers.

The Commission would like to recall that there is a wide range of measures[4] available for inclusion in the support programmes in the wine sector. In 2020, Greece implemented five of these measures, corresponding to only 74.3%[5] of its financial envelope. These measures are also available in 2021 and should continue to be used to address the problems affecting the sector. This includes in particular crisis distillation and storage.

The best prospect for recovery of the sector will continue to be the ongoing efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, which will allow the reopening of bars and restaurants and improve consumption and sales of wines.

The Commission continues to closely monitor the evolution of the EU wine market.

[1] Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/78 of 27 January 2021 (OJ L 29, 28.1.2021, p. 5).

[2] Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/95 of 28 January 2021 (OJ L 31, 29.1.2021, p. 198).

[3] Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/374 of 27 January 2021 (OJ L 72, 3.3.2021, p. 3).

[4] Promotion, restructuring and conversion, green harvesting, harvest insurance, investment, distillation, innovation, replanting following grubbing up, crisis distillation, crisis storage, mutual Funds.

[5] Amount used EUR 17,798,459 – Allocation was EUR23,963,000.

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