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18/09/2006

EU wine reform postponed

Brussels, Monday 18 September. EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel, has told the Union's 25 agriculture ministers of the Commission's intention to postpone wine market reforms set to slash 400,000 hectares of vineyards.

Spain, France, Italy and other eight countries of the EU had expressed their opposition to the commission proposal.

The Commission will carry out new studies on the situation of the sector with the aim of developing a new reform proposal.