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Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 authorising the offer and delivery for direct human consumption of certain wines imported from Argentina which may have undergone oenological processes not provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999

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52004PC0644

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 authorising the offer and delivery for direct human consumption of certain wines imported from Argentina which may have undergone oenological processes not provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 /* COM/2004/0644 final */


Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Council Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 authorising the offer and delivery for direct human consumption of certain wines imported from Argentina which may have undergone oenological processes not provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999

(presented by the Commission)

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

Wines originating in third countries which have undergone oenological processes not allowed by Community rules may not, except by way of derogation to be decided by the Council, be offered for direct human consumption in the Community. The derogation procedure is provided for in Article 45(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 on the common organisation of the market in wine. Malic acid may be added to wine originating in Argentina to correct acidity, and while this oenological process is permitted in Argentina, it is prohibited in the European Union.

Negotiations concerning, in particular, the mutual recognition of the respective oenological processes of both parties are being conducted between the Community, represented by the Commission, and Mercosur, which includes the Republic of Argentina, with a view to concluding an agreement on trade in wine. These negotiations started in 2002 and are now nearing their conclusion. To demonstrate the Commission's positive and constructive approach to these negotiations and finalise them quickly, the provisional authorisation of this oenological process, which is important for certain Argentinian wines, should be extended until the entry into force of the agreement resulting from the negotiations, and no later than 30 September 2005. The agreement should, specifically, provide for Argentina to be able to use this process permanently.

The Commission is proposing to authorise the presence of malic acid in wine originating in Argentina until the end of the ongoing negotiations between the Community and the Republic of Argentina with a view to concluding an agreement on trade in wine, and no later than 30 September 2005.

Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Council Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 authorising the offer and delivery for direct human consumption of certain wines imported from Argentina which may have undergone oenological processes not provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in wine [1], and in particular Article 45(2) thereof,

[1] OJ L 179, 14.7.1999, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1795/2003 (OJ L 262, 14.10.2003, p. 13).

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Whereas:

(1) As an exception to Article 45(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999, Council Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 [2] authorises imports into the Community of wine produced in Argentina which has undergone oenological processes not provided for in the Community rules. That authorisation is due to expire on 30 September 2004.

[2] OJ L 78, 25.3.2003, p. 46. Regulation as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1776/2003 (OJ L 260, 11.10.2003, p. 1).

(2) Negotiations are currently underway between the Community, represented by the Commission, and Argentina on an agreement on trade in wine. These negotiations concern, in particular, the respective oenological processes used by both parties and the protection of geographical indications.

(3) In order to facilitate the progress of these negotiations, the derogation allowing malic acid to be added to wine produced in Argentinian territory and imported into the Community should be extended until the entry into force of the agreement resulting from the negotiations, and no later than 30 September 2005.

(4) Regulation (EC) No 527/2003 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

In the second subparagraph of Article 1(1) of Regulation (EC) No 527/2003, "30 September 2004" is hereby replaced by "30 September 2005".

Article2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 October 2004.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels,

For the Council

The President

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