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The bill “On viticulture and winemaking”, adopted by the State Duma of the Russian Federation

The bill “On viticulture and winemaking”, adopted by the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the first reading on November 19, raised questions from the state legal department of the president (GPU). As Vedomosti writes, having familiarized themselves with the conclusion, the statement of the bill’s shortcomings took 14 pages. The bill was proposed to be substantially modified.

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The purpose of the bill is to specifically support the production of wine made 100% from Russian grapes. For him, the special term “wine of Russia” was coined – it is proposed to allocate it for sale. Grape-containing drinks (composed of wine and additives) should contain the phrase “Not wine” on the label. He also prohibits the use of imported grapes, wine, wort for wine production, as well as mix Russian and imported wine.

The GPU raises questions about the proposal to empower the Russian authorities to control the compliance of imported wine with Russian technologies in foreign countries (legal framework and mechanisms are not defined). The proposed regulation is redundant and contrary to the requirements of international law, said Anatoly Korneev, vice president of Simple. This may lead to an artificial restriction of imports. The quality and safety of wine is confirmed by certificates accepted by importing countries.

In addition, the GPU is not convinced that only wine producers from domestic grapes will receive state support, which is exactly what the president instructed. It is proposed to subsidize the costs of organizing grape nurseries, the costs of buying planting material. Now the state also supports winegrowers – subsidies for laying and caring for vineyards in 2019 will amount to 3 billion rubles. (data from the Ministry of Agriculture).

The GPU has given practical suggestions, they will be taken into account, said co-author of the bill Gennady Onishchenko, without going into details. Amendments to the second reading should be ready by December 18, the State Duma website said. A project review date has not yet been set, said a representative of the relevant State Duma committee.

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