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Meeting of wines and spirits committee - Ottawa, September 24 2019


Opening remarks and adoption of the agenda

Morning Session: Technical Issues (Participation: EU and Federal Officials)

EU issues:

1. Geographical Indications (GIs)
1.1. Level of Protection for EU wines and spirits GIs
1.2. Wines – use of the term "Champagne"
1.3. Use of terms "Irish Cream Liqueur"

Canada issues:

2. EU legislation on red icewine.
3. EU VI-1 form
3.1 Process to add Nova Scotia and Quebec as Competent Bodies Eligible for Simplified Certification Provisions Provided for Under Community Rules.
3.2 Process for Importing Wine in the EU Using the Long VI-1 Form.
4. EU and Member State responsibilities in relation to labelling of alcoholic beverages.
4.1 EU Expiration Date Labelling
4.2 EU Energy Labelling
5. Process for Non-EU countries to apply for wines and sprits GIs in the EU.
6. Information and presentation on the E-Ambrosia Database.

Horizontal issues:

7. Amendment to annexes to the 2003 agreement.
7.1. Annex I Oenological Practices
7.2. Update of list of GIs wines and spirits (Amendment of Annex III and IV of the wine and spirit agreement)

Afternoon Session: Market Access Issues (Participation: EU, Federal and Provincial Officials)

EU issues:

8. Distribution, retail and commercial practices.
8.1 CETA joint declaration on wines and spirits.
8.2 Market outlets

8. 3 Other Issues
9. Cost of Service Differential (COSD)
10. Federal Excise Duty imposed on foreign wines.
11. Interprovincial trade – Canada Free Trade Agreement – Working group on alcoholic beverages. Update.

Canada issues:

12. Member state excise duties and other taxes
12.1 Excise duties in the European Union
13. EU environmental footprint
14. CAP measures applicable to the wine sector
15. Any other business
16. Time and venue of next meeting

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