EU ministers have been asked to approve a drinks-focused trade deal negotiated by the European Commission and Albania.

Under a special annex on wines, a quota of duty-free Albanian sparkling and still wine imports will enter the EU each year.

The deal also outlines plans to ship some 10,000 hl of EU-made sparkling wine into Albania on a duty-free basis each year.

Both sides have promised to respect each other's official geographical designations for wine, spirits and aromatised wines, such as Albanian wine growing regions Mirdite, Mat, Tirane and others.

Albanian duties on EU beer exports would be phased out over five years and on cider immediately.