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15/03/2013

European Parliament votes in favour of wine quotas till 2030

The EP has disappointingly sided with the wine industry by maintaining the planting quotas on wine production until 2030.

The European Parliament voted, by a margin of 375 to 277, on Wednesday (13 March) for the market support measures for sugar quota and grape production that are old fashioned and uncompetitive.

Europe is producing far more wine than it can consume and domestic production is falling, this is despite the fact that the EU is the heaviest drinking region in the world.

For the European Union to spend tax payers money to support an industry that is clearly not in demand is perplexing.

Europe is the heaviest drinking region in the world. Consumption levels in some countries are around 2.5 times higher than the global average.

Alcohol is the number one risk factor for bad health and premature death amongst 25-59 year old, a core of the working age population. Alcohol is attributable to some 60 diseases including cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, the social cost of alcohol is estimated for at least €155.8 billion yearly.

Eurocare is firmly convinced that the EU public funds should not be spend in the current socio- economic climate on a product that is so harmful to people’s health.