European Union ministers have been asked to approve a wine trade deal struck between the European Commission and Croatia.

If accepted, it will 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, Croatian wine exporters will be able to sell 45,000 hectolitres free of import duty in the EU each year, with this quota widening by 10,000 hectolitres annually.

Meanwhile, 8,000 hectolitres of EU wine will be sold in Croatia import duty free each year, with this quota expanding by 800 annually.

Wines & Spirits in Croatia 2001