The changes will exempt wine growers and wineries from certain penalties for vineyard conversion and restructuring, winery investment and promotion measures.
The modification will facilitate the effective application of the green harvesting measure in the event that it is decided to implement it in a given campaign.
The Council of Ministers has today approved, at the proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), the amendment of Royal Decree 1363/2018, for the implementation of the measures of the 2019-2023 support programme for the Spanish wine sector.
The main objective of this royal decree is to adapt the measures for restructuring and reconversion of vineyards, investments in wineries and promotion in third countries to the new flexibility scenario introduced for the 2021 financial year by the recent amendments to the Community regulations approved in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Thus, the new regulation adds elements of flexibility both in the payment of aid, exempting certain penalties, and in the modification of operations, allows the European Union's participation in aid to be increased and makes certain deadlines and procedures in the financial year more flexible.
Similarly, the change in the royal decree is used to give real applicability to the provisions already regulating green harvesting. To this end, new articles have been added to cover the gaps that existed until now in the management structure of the measure, establishing deadlines and forms of communication between the Autonomous Communities and the MAPA to ensure its correct development in the event that it is decided to implement it in a future harvest.
The Support Programme for the Wine Sector in Spain (PASVE) is endowed with 202.147 million euros per year for specific measures that contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the Spanish wine sector.