New regulation on spirit drinks in the EU
The European Council and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on new rules for the protections and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of spirit drinks registered as geographical indications (GIs).
The new regulation enhances and clarifies rules for use of protected spirit drink names when used in allusions or compound terms, whether in foods generally or other alcoholic beverages. Requirements for declaring age of spirits in a dynamic aging system such as criaderas y solera are also provided for.
The European Parliament ENVI Committee is due to vote on the draft regulation in January 2019, with a vote in plenary of the European Parliament expected in March 2019, after which the regulation would be expected to become law. This new regulation will replace current Regulation (EC) No 110/2208.