How Europe could soon start treating wine like tobacco

Monday, 31 January, 2022
The Drinks Business, Patrick Schmitt
It’s just days before the European Union is likely to adopt a report that could see wine treated like tobacco, potentially putting an end to advertising and financial support for the industry.

In December last year, as reported by db at the time, the European Commission approved the conclusion of a report from BECA – the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer – which stated that there is no alcohol consumption without health risks.

With 29 votes in favour, and just one against (along with four abstentions), this report must now be studied, before a further vote by the European Parliament on its findings on 14 February – just over two weeks from now.

Following that, should the report by fully adopted, wine producers in the EU’s 27 member nations could face a series of restrictions, which may concern the way the product is promoted, and how its priced, while the EU could stop funding anything related to the making of alcoholic drinks, vineyard management included.

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How Europe could soon start treating wine like tobacco
How Europe could soon start treating wine like tobacco

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