|Markets||European Union, International|
|Topics||Trade, Markets and Official Controls
WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/EU/489. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/934 supplements Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 as regards rules that are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market for grapevine products. In particular, it defines in a clear and precise manner the permitted oenological practices including the methods for sweetening wines, the limits on the use of certain substances that may be used for wine- making and the conditions for using some of those substances for wine-making. It also aligns certain provisions with relevant international standards, namely the International Code of Oenological Practices and the International Oenological Codex of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), as regards its Annex IA. The draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/934 introduces new oenological practices on the basis of resolutions adopted in 2019 and 2020 by the OIV. It also provides clarifications on, and improves consistency of, some of the existing provisions. Lastly, it withdraws the authorisation of DL tartaric acid in the light of its observed nephrotoxic effects. Please note that elements pertaining to intellectual property rights, in particular to the application and/or implementation of Geographical Indications (GIs) are included in this notification as part of a legislative package but clearly fall outside the scope of the SPS agreement.