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New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

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New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

New European Rules For Spirit Drinks
December 06
09:58 2018

The negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament with the presence of the European Commission have reached a political agreement on the new rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of spirit drinks registered as geographical indications (GI).

Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said: “I am confident that the new Spirit Drink Regulation will provide for a legislative framework that meets the needs of the sector and will continue to support its continuing and substantial growth. The modernised rules will also ensure that consumers are accurately informed on the methods used to produce spirit drinks.”

The agreement means that a clearer labelling of spirit drinks will be guaranteed across the EU and that their composition will be harmonised at EU level. The creation of a register of Member States’ control authorities will also facilitate the work of the national enforcement forces to make sure that consumers get the genuine products. Terms of spirit drinks registered as GIs such as Cognac, Irish Cream, Genever or Ouzo will also be better protected against misuse as ingredients and against the registration of similar trademarks.

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