The decision to abolish wine planting rights by 2018 at the latest has generated much debate among EU wine producing member states and the EU Commission. Opponents claim that abolishing planting rights will have several negative effects, such as an undesirable restructuring and reallocation of vineyards, an increase in production and a decrease not only in the prices of wine, but also in its overall quality. Those in favor of the reform argue that the latter will benefit the sector and enhance its competitiveness.
Should the wine sector follow the same liberalization path as any other agricultural sector? In times where the overall regulation of EU agricultural markets is being discussed, it is interesting to look at the arguments defended by the potential “winners” and “losers” of the EU wine reform. This event will bring together actors of the wine sector and academics, to openly discuss the possible effects of the liberalization on the future of the EU wine production and market.
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