The Popular Parliamentary Group has presented a Proposal not of Law in Congress in which it proposes different measures to support the Spanish wine sector in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, both for promotion and financing, to alleviate the losses suffered and to ensure the balance of the market in the future.
In the initiative, signed by the spokesperson for the Popular Group, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, the PP deputy secretary Cuca Gamarra, the deputy spokesperson for the GPP Marta González and the spokesperson for Agriculture, Milagros Marcos, it is underlined that the stoppage in the hospitality and restoration, along with instability in international markets, the increase in US tariffs or the uncertainties of Brexit, now joins the concern in the sector for the next harvest and under what conditions it may be carried out.
Specifically, the GPP proposal urges the Government to:
1- Ask the European Commission to incorporate extra financing, beyond the National Support Programs, since the Support Program for the Spanish Wine Sector 2020 will not cover the minimum needs of the sector.
2- Demand from the Commission the support both for the recovery of existing exports and for the opening of new markets, in third countries and in
3- Authorize promotion in the internal market within the framework of the CMO, including support for wine tourism.
4- Take measures to ensure market equilibrium in the future, especially that the green harvest can be partially applied on a plot, with
in order to facilitate the reduction of yields by 2020 in areas with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), where it is possible to control the measure.
5- Facilitate access to credit to provide liquidity to the wineries, and that can support the decrease in income and the future payment of the 2020 vintage.
6- Provide sufficient measures for private storage and distillation of crisis, charged to European funds, so that wineries can store
or take part of the unsold wine from the 2019 vintage.
7- Negotiate aid for grapes not intended for winemaking (juices and other uses) to diversify production outlets.