Bulgaria will be receiving nearly 166 M. Euros EU funding for a period of 7 years, allocated in the shape of a national envelope, after the abolition of market management measures in EU. National financial envelopes allocated to every one of the Member States will allow them to adapt measures to their particular situation, depending on the priorities of the countries. This has been announced at a press conference by the National Vine and Wine Chamber Chairman (NVWC) Plamen Mollov, as quoted by the “Focus” Agency. He presented the EU wine sector reforms, adopted on 19 December last year in Brussels at the meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers.
The reforms will in reality enter into force in August, this year, as every Member State has to present its wine sector national program. Until then, the countries should present also information about their three-year grubbing-up schemes. The grubbing-up is a voluntary decision. If such decisions are taken, the farmers should be financially supported. The total area for grubbing-up for the three years period is to be 175 000 hectares as foreseen.
By NVWC information data, the total vineyard area in Bulgaria is about 153 000 hectares, as the proven cultivated area out of them is 135 000 hectares. A Member State can halt grubbing-up if the area would be more than 8 percent of that Member State’s total vineyard area or 10 percent of a region’s total area. The Commission can halt grubbing-up if the area reaches 15 percent of a Member State’s total vine area.