European Union ministers have been asked to approve another Balkans wine trade deal struck between the European Commission and, this time, Macedonia.

If it is accepted, it will - as with the recent deal with Croatia - lead to the mutual liberalisation of import and export quotas, the lowering of tariffs and the joint recognition of protected names, such as geographic indications.

Under the agreement, Macedonian wine exporters will be able to sell 300,000 hectolitres of still and sparkling wine free of import duty in the EU each year. Meanwhile, 3,000 hl of EU wine will be sold in Macedonia import duty free each year.