EU laws cover all aspects of the production and trade in spirits, including labelling, tax treatment and what happens to the subsequent packaging waste. It requires time and patience to understand how the rules knit together, the broader framework in which they apply and, in some cases, the meaning of the terms used.
The spirit drinks regulation, for example, is over 50 pages long and formal guidance is being prepared on its labelling aspects. The EU’s food labelling rules are 45 pages long and there are detailed guidance notes at both EU and national level.
Separately, while the Single Market’s collective rules are designed to ensure spirits and other goods can move freely between the 28 Member States, it is seldom as straightforward because Member State governments sometimes add national requirements. Whether at EU or national level, the legislation can, regrettably, occasionally give rise to difficulties.
Having been at the forefront of the discussions of all the key EU laws in the spirits sector for at least the last 2 decades, EU Soper Consulting is ideally placed to help spirits producers of any size, and wherever they are in the world, understand how EU laws should be applied.