In the presence of numerous MEPs, European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and Jerzy Plewa, Director-General of AGRI, CEVI celebrated its 15-years anniversary last 7 November at the Cercle Royal Gaulois, a showcase of art and literature in the heart of the European capital. CEVI took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to Wine in Moderation, which was also praised by eminent personalities present at the event.
Commissioner Andriukaitis took the opportunity to mention his views on labelling and self-regulation, and started his speech saying: “Wine is a fundamental part of European culture”. “It brings us closer together. In Europe, we are all different, but we come together because we like wine”.
Numerous references to the responsible message were also made during the evening, and in his video-message to celebrate CEVI’s 15-year anniversary, Commissioner Hogan even specifically mentioned Wine in Moderation, and said “I welcome CEVI's strong and consistent support for the Wine in Moderation programme”.
A wine tasting, and banquet was offered to conclude the celebrations, but before inviting all the guests to try the beautiful wines and taste the delicious food, President Thomas Montagne reminded all the guests that they should not try all the wines unless they were going to use the spittoons that had been made available. The speeches ended with a nice reference to the wine sector’s contribution in inspiring a healthy lifestyle and reducing alcohol related harm.
It was in 2002 that CEVI emerged with the aim to gather and represent the independent winegrowers in Europe. Today, the Confederation of European Winegrowers, chaired by Thomas Montagne, represents 10 countries of independent winegrowers who all show an important commitment to Wine in Moderation.
CEVI has been supporting the Wine in Moderation programme since the very beginning and is an Observer of the WiM Association.
Ref: Vitisphere, Friday November 17 2017, https://www.vitisphere.com/news-86412-Labelling-the-topic-of-debate-at-CEVIs-15th-anniversary.htm