The European Parliament is resisting European Commission plans to introduce a "lightweight" common market regime for agricultural alcohol production.

In the proposal, the market regime covers common definitions, improved statistical information, import and export licences and the creation of a sectoral EU committee.

But the parliament's agricultural committee has asked the Commission to rewrite its proposal so that it also includes synthetic alcohol, which accounts for 50% of EU alcohol consumption.

MEP's said by excluding industrial alcohol from European controls, there was a risk that the market for agricultural alcohol would be disrupted and damaged, especially after eastern European countries join the EU. The proposal will be debated by the full parliament in April.