Harmonization of the Wine legislation

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The regions important for the production of wine are situated mainly in the Southern part of BiH. The most important wine-growing areas are in the Herzegovina-Neretva and West Herzegovina cantons in the FBiH, and in the Trebinje municipality in the RS.

Wine growing in BiH is characterized by a large number of small vineyards having the area of 0,3-0,4 ha; there are very few vineyards covering the area of more than 10 ha in one piece. The small vineyards belong mostly to family properties, and there are no data about their exact number since the register of grape and wine producers has not been established yet.

BiH Law on wine, brandy and other grape and wine products was adopted on February 25, 2008 (Official Bulletin of BiH, no. 25/08).

At its 74th session held on 29.01.2009, the Council of Ministers passed the Decision on the adoption of the Strategic Plan of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the harmonization of agriculture, food and rural development, and the Operational Program of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the harmonization of agriculture, food and rural development (2008-2011), which was proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH.

The objectives of the Strategic Plan and the implementation of the Operational Program are the gradual harmonization of sectoral policies and mechanisms at the state, entity and cantonal levels in BiH, and their harmonization with the EU requirements, as well as the progressive establishment of appropriate institutional structures, capacities, systems and procedures at the state level for coordination and guidance of pre-accession preparations for gradual harmonization and adoption of the agricultural acquis.

Proposed workshop Harmonization with EU legislation in the wine sector will contribute to the joint efforts of the SWG RRD to achieve their goals related to adoption of EU legislation necessary for the integration to EU.

The overall goal of the workshop is to provide the SWG members with the necessary knowledge and understandings to be able to contribute to the harmonization of the EU legislative in wine sector and to develop the platform for collaboration among SWG countries in this regard.