Harvest marked by mildew attacks

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Highlights of July-August:

– The wine industry and a number of producer Member States have reacted strongly to the additional impact assessment published by the Commission on the effects of its proposed SUR regulation on pesticides on European production.

– Following authorisation from the European Commission, the crisis distillation measure has been implemented in a number of producer countries (France, Portugal, Spain), although some regions have not opted for it, notably the Spanish region of Castilla-la-Mancha.

– Weather conditions in the spring and early summer favoured the proliferation of diseases, which particularly affected Italian production. By 2023, France is set to overtake Italy as the world’s leading producer.

– In retaliation for European support for Ukraine, Russia has decided to raise its customs duties on European wine production from 12.5% to 20%.

Full note available on FE Members’ area.