Romania's drinks industry will be allowed to protect within the EU traditional names of certain wine and spirit products under an agreement with the European Commission helping the country to join the EU by the end of 2006.

The deal on agricultural matters will prevent non-Romanian producers from selling wines called Vinars Târnave, Vinars Murfatlar and Vinars Vrancea, as well as spirits named Pălincă and Ţuică Ardelenească de Bistriţa, for instance.

Romania will also have an eight-year transitional period, until 2015, for ending the use of prohibited hybrid vine varieties for quality wine production; it currently produces half its wine from such grapes.