20.8.2021   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 297/16


COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2021/1375

of 11 June 2021

amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 as regards the modification of traditional terms in the wine sector

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (1), and in particular Article 114 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 (2), which replaced and repealed Commission Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 (3), lays down rules supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 as regards protection, cancellation and modification of traditional terms.

(2)

Article 34 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 lays down that the modification of a registered traditional term may only concern the elements referred to in points (b), (c) and (d) of Article 26(1), of that Regulation, which refer respectively to the type of the traditional term, the language in which the traditional term is expressed and the grapevine product category concerned by its use.

(3)

However, Article 42a of Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 provided for a longer list of possible modifications. In particular, it included the possibility to modify the traditional term itself, the language in which the traditional term is indicated, the wine or wines concerned and the summary of the definition or conditions of use of the traditional term. The modification possibilities under Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 were therefore broader and allowed wine producers to extend or limit, for example, the list of wines with protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications authorised to use a traditional term or to amend the conditions for the use of a traditional term, including the production methods of the concerned wines.

(4)

The provisions of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 concerning traditional terms were drafted with the intention of ensuring continuity of the common framework related to traditional terms established under Regulation (EC) No 607/2009, while completing and clarifying the existing procedures whenever necessary. Article 34 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 makes direct references to the elements of a duly completed application form, as set out in Article 26(1) of that Regulation. However, due to an involuntary omission, point (a) of Article 26(1), referring to the name of the concerned traditional term, point (e) of Article 26(1), referring to the summary of the definition and conditions of use and point (f) of Article 26(1), referring to the protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications concerned, were not mentioned in the list set out in Article 34, even though these elements were included in Article 42a of Regulation (EC) No 607/2009. This has the unintended consequence that the possibilities for modifying a traditional term are restricted to modifying the type of traditional term, the language and the grapevine product category concerned.

(5)

In practical terms, the current wording of the first paragraph of Article 34 hinders the possibility to extend the use of a traditional term to new protected designations of origin or geographical indications or to exclude from the list of wines authorised to use a traditional term those that no longer comply with its conditions of use. Moreover, it does not allow, for example, to adapt the production methods mentioned in the specifications of a traditional term in case those methods evolve due to the changing environmental or climate conditions.

(6)

To correct this unintended omission and restore the flexibility granted to holders of traditional terms under Regulation (EC) No 607/2009, the list of possible modifications of a registered traditional term referred to in the first paragraph of Article 34 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 should be extended to include the elements referred to in points (a), (e) and (f) of Article 26(1) of that Regulation.

(7)

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(8)

For reasons of legal clarity and in order to ensure equal treatment of all applications for modification of a registered traditional term, this Regulation should apply retroactively from 14 January 2019,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Article 34 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 is replaced by the following:

‘Article 34

Modification of a traditional term

An applicant satisfying the conditions of Article 25 may apply for approval of a modification of a registered traditional term concerning the elements referred to in points (a) to (f) of Article 26(1).

Articles 26 to 31 shall apply mutatis mutandis to applications for modification.’.

Article 2

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

It shall apply from 14 January 2019.

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

Done at Brussels, 11 June 2021.

For the Commission

The President

Ursula VON DER LEYEN


(1)  OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671.

(2)  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 of 17 October 2018 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards applications for protection of designations of origin, geographical indications and traditional terms in the wine sector, the objection procedure, restrictions of use, amendments to product specifications, cancellation of protection, and labelling and presentation (OJ L 9, 11.1.2019, p. 2).

(3)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 of 14 July 2009 laying down certain detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 as regards protected designations of origin and geographical indications, traditional terms, labelling and presentation of certain wine sector products (OJ L 193, 24.7.2009, p. 60).