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State Secretary Tanja Strniša meet with Secretary General of COPA-COGECA, Pekka Pesonen

Brussels, 28 February 2017 — Yesterday in Brussels, State Secretary Tanja Strniša together with representatives of the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia and the Cooperative Union of Slovenia, and the civil initiative for the respect of the protection of Teran wine, presented the Secretary-General of COPA-COGECA, Pekka Pesonen, with developments regarding the adoption of the delegated act by which the European Commission intended to allow Croatian producers to use the name of the “Teran” wine grape variety in the labelling of their wines and its consequences for the Slovenian producers.

The Slovenian side gave a detailed presentation on the issue of the acceptance of the delegated act, highlighted the non-transparency of the procedure, which was also established by the European Ombudsman in her recommendation to the European Commission, the specifics of Teran wine and its production, as well as the economic consequences for the Slovenian producers if the exception were to be adopted. Slovenia asked COPA COGECO to support the initiative for the issue to be discussed by the Civil Dialogue Group.  At the meeting, it was agreed that the Slovenian representatives propose that the issue of the use of the name “Teran” be addressed by the EU Working Party on Wines within COPA COGECA, which will held a meeting at  the end of March and where the arguments of the two parties would be presented.

 

Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said that COPA COGECA has been dealing with similar subjects, which were related to the issues of EU protections in international trade agreements with third countries.  However, when it comes to the issue of the adoption of the delegated act, which would transfer a transitional measure into a permanent exception, all the parties involved in the process should be included in the procedure and all economic consequences for the producers considered. 

 

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COPA COGECA is a joint organisation that brings together European Farmers (COPA) and European agricultural cooperatives (COGECA).  These two organisations represent the interests of 30 million farmers and their families, as well as about 40,000 agricultural cooperatives, and are strongly connected with other European countries.  The COPA COGECA mission is to defend general agricultural interests, maintain and strengthen links with European institutions, as well as with their counterparts at the European level, and coordinate common interest. 

COPA brings together 60 full members from EU Member States and 36 partner organisations, while COGECA brings together 35 full members from the Member States, 4 associated members and 36 partner organisations, including representatives of countries such as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.