The European Commission (EC) opposed the amendments approved in Russia to the law on the regulation of the production and circulation of alcoholic beverages. The draft law gives a new definition of champagne – only domestic products will be called that way, and imported ones will be certified as “sparkling wine”. The EC believes that the amendments may negatively affect wine suppliers.
A spokeswoman for the EC criticized the law on winemaking during a briefing. She explained that the initiative “will have a significant impact on wine exports.” “We will do everything necessary to express our disagreement and concerns about this project … We will have to work with the problems that it will cause our wine exports,” – said the representative of the EC (quoted by RIA Novosti).
She added that the EC “will do whatever is necessary” to protect the rights of suppliers. What measures can be taken, she did not elaborate. “We didn’t have time to study this bill in depth. And now I cannot say exactly what the consequences might be, ”explained the EC representative.
A bill establishing new requirements for wine products was passed by the Federation Council on 23 June. It was sent to the president for signature, after which the law will be considered adopted. The amendments have already displeased the company Moet Hennessy (part of LVMH), but in the end it agreed to call its champagne in Russia sparkling wine. The Kremlin said that “the law must be implemented.” The shares of the Russian producer of sparkling wine “Abrau-Dyurso” on the background of news have renewed their maximum for more than a month.
Details – in the material “Kommersant” “Champagne means Soviet”.