EU/MOLDOVA: Europe opens doors to Moldova wine as Russian ban bites
The European Union is looking to remove the duty from all wines imported from Moldova, as the Eastern European country struggles with a ban on exports to Russia.
MEPs in the European Parliament yesterday (10 December) voted in favour of a proposal to allow all of Moldova's imported wine to enter the EU duty free from 1 January. Previously, the country had a quota of 240,000 hectolitres per year, which it could export without duty to the region.
In September, Russia banned imports of Moldova’s wines and spirits, citing quality concerns. Some observers have suggested, however, that the ban is in protest at the country's move to strengthen links with Europe.
“Today’s vote sends a strong signal of political support for Moldova’s European choice,” said rapporteur on trade with Moldova Iuliu Winkler. “The immediate liberalisation of imports of Moldovan wines to the EU shows our political will to respond to unjustified and arbitrary pressures exerted by Russia on its Eastern partners.
“The measures backed today will help Moldovan wine producers to overcome the difficult situation caused by the Russian ban.”
The Council of Ministers needs to sign off the proposal next week for it to come into effect on 1 January.
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