The European Commission has released details of drinks industry legislative proposals it will abandon under a drive by the current regime to simplify European Union (EU) laws and its political process.

Brussels is to drop a proposed directive insisting rules for drinks ingredients labelling for beverages containing more than 1.2% of alcohol by volume are adopted within a certain timeframe.

Both the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers have refused to discuss the law since 1999.

Another proposal being dumped is a regulation formally authorising the import of Australian wines made by oenological practices banned for EU producers. And Brussels is dropping a request for a probe into failures by Russia to obey a partnership and cooperation agreement regarding the trade in alcoholic drinks.