French, Spanish and Italian wine cooperatives met for two days in ItalyVitivinicolo
The situation of rising prices of raw materials and especially energy is a central element of the current market situation. For the time being, the price increase is being absorbed exclusively by the production side, which is now seeing its margins decrease.
The three wine cooperative organizations have questioned how to react to this crisis and what interventions the European Commission and the Member States should put in place. They also hope that this crisis would put economic and competitiveness issues (for wine, but also for all other agricultural products) back on the agenda.
Other issues discussed included the direction of the Farm-to-Fork strategy in light of food security issues and the need for a paradigm shift that recognizes the importance of food sovereignty.
In addition, the three organizations of wine cooperatives stressed that this crisis teaches us that the Common Agricultural Policy must be above all an economic policy capable of supporting agricultural production, while maintaining a high level of attention to the environmental sustainability of the production itself.
The meeting ended with a debate on carbon farming and the stakes and potential it represents for the wine industry.