French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated: “France believes that the Champagne dispute with Russia might be resolved by means of dialogue, but when essential, it is going to flip to the World Commerce Group (WTO).”
He stated that within the subsequent few days, Paris will attempt to discover options with the Russian authorities on the bilateral and European ranges to guard the pursuits of French producers and defend geographical indications.
“If occasional violations of the World Commerce Group guidelines happen, we’ll in fact observe our earlier plan with regards to Russia. I hope that dialogue will resolve this dispute,” the minister stated in Parliament.
The Russian regulation signed on Friday stipulates that champagne distributors are obliged to declare on the label on the again of the bottle that it’s a glowing wine, and the title “champanskoïe” is reserved for Russian glowing wine producers.
This resolution brought on dissatisfaction with French champagne producers, who filed complaints with the French Ministry of Overseas Affairs and the European Union.
“The regulation follows the logic of Russia’s protectionist measures within the wine business,” Ledrien stated, including that they’ve already made a request to the WTO on the problem of protected geographical indications. Russia is the fifteenth largest champagne export market, with a median of 150 million bottles of champagne offered exterior of France annually, with gross sales of roughly 2 million bottles.