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#spiritsEUROPE launches new responsible drinking campaign

#spiritsEUROPE launches new responsible drinking campaign

spiritsEUROPE launches a new campaign to promote responsible drinking, given the concern over excessive alcohol consumption during the global lockdown.   Reports of increases in alcohol sales since the beginning of confinement measures have caused alarm. While sales of alcohol in shops and supermarkets have increased, this is greatly offset by the closure of the hospitality […]

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Commission approves €75.5 million Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies in #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €75.5 million Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies in #Coronavirus outbreak

| April 23, 2020

The European Commission has approved eight Estonian state aid schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to provide liquidity to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the state aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020.  Under the schemes, public […]

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#Agriculture – Commission approves new geographical indications from #Norway

#Agriculture – Commission approves new geographical indications from #Norway

| February 7, 2020

The Commission has approved the addition of two new geographical indications from Norway in the register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). ‘Norsk Vodka’/‘Norwegian Vodka‘ is known for its neutral flavour with a pure and clean taste, making it ideal for various cocktails. Made from either potatoes or grain, it is produced in three stages, namely […]

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#SpiritsEurope supports relaunch of Parliament group

#SpiritsEurope supports relaunch of Parliament group

| December 2, 2019

The body that represents the spirits industry at EU level – spiritsEUROPE – says it “strongly supports” the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs.  This intergroup allows for the enhanced understanding of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament, and should be re-constituted. “We encourage MEPs from all political groupings, sitting on […]

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Scotch whisky makers tell UK politicians: Avoid no-deal #Brexit

Scotch whisky makers tell UK politicians: Avoid no-deal #Brexit

| December 21, 2018

Makers of Scotch whisky, Britain biggest food and drink export, said on Wednesday (19 December) it was imperative that lawmakers work quickly to avoid crashing out of the European Union without a deal, writes Elisabeth O’Leary. With Britain’s parliament deadlocked, business lobbies have urged Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to avoid the chaos expected if […]

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Agreement reached on new #SpiritDrinksRegulation – A glass half full

Agreement reached on new #SpiritDrinksRegulation – A glass half full

| November 30, 2018

EU spirits producers welcomed the political agreement reached at the trilogue on a new Spirit Drinks Regulation, which sets rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of the more than 240 spirits with Geographical Indications (GIs). “After so many years of discussions, it is a great relief […]

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#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

| August 1, 2018

Not content with its regular contact with British ministers, the Insititute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has set its sights on influencing European actors with its uncompromising free trade and deregulation message. The main issue at stake here is transparency, writes Catherine Feore. The Guardian and Greenpeace journalists (Unearthed) covertly videoed the Chief Executive of the […]

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