The EU is topical just now, in particular regarding the acrimonious debate on Britain’s current and future relationship. Arguably, however, it is still not well-enough understood by officials, politicians and industry.
Most of the rules affecting the spirits sector have an EU component and it is important to know what they are and what they mean. A deeper understanding of the EU, its institutions and decision-making structures will broaden horizons, help put the spirits sector into a wider context and allow you to better appreciate the balances and nuances at play at EU level.
Greater knowledge of its functioning should also raise awareness of the value in there being one set of laws for 28 countries rather than 28 different sets of laws. While the EU is regularly the target for criticism, or made a scapegoat for difficulties, those concerns are sometimes misplaced. Understanding the EU’s structures and laws better can help you identify the source of difficulties more quickly and, hopefully, thereby allow appropriate action to be taken to remedy the issue.