“Portugal was one of the Member States of the European Union that contested the proposal for an Irish regulation, considering that the project provides for the introduction of restrictions on the placing, on the Irish market, of alcoholic beverages from other Member States, through the imposition of new labelling requirements for these products,” said the Ministry of Economy and the Sea, in response to Lusa.
As the Government underlined, these new requirements “do not comply” with the European regulation, which defines that there needs to be harmonised rules for the labelling of food products.
Thus, “it constitutes a barrier to the free movement of products in the European internal market”.
“Harmful to health”
At issue is Ireland's decision to include a label on all bottles of alcoholic beverages that warns that its consumption is “harmful to health”.
This regulation will affect the Portuguese alcoholic beverages sector by "introducing additional and specific obligations for access to the market in this country", stressed the ministry supervised by António Costa Silva.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food told Lusa that it had issued a sectoral unfavourable opinion of this intention by Ireland, which contributed to Portugal's final position on this matter.
According to the executive's data, in 2021, Portuguese wine exports to Ireland stood at 6.3 million euros, an increase of 39.5% compared to the previous year.
Ireland is the 23rd customer of Portuguese wines globally and the 12th at a community level.
On January 12, the Italian Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani, announced that his Government will ask the European Commission to intervene to halt this decision.
In a publication on Twitter, Tajani considered this an “absurd” decision, which ignores the “difference between moderate consumption and excess alcohol”.
Let the Irish grow their own vineyards and make their own wine. With the wonderful climate they have lets see how that works out for them.
By Tony B from USA on 20 Jan 2023, 14:40
Awn, the beauty of double standards…Tobacco gets vilified but alcohol is sacred and always gets away with lax rules. Economic interests rule, not the health standards they claim to defend.
By guida from Lisbon on 21 Jan 2023, 05:31
As if the damage of moderate drinking is minimally comparable to that of moderate smoking
By Edmund from Lisbon on 21 Jan 2023, 12:35
I think everyone is aware alcohol is bad for your health. The EU eating itself alive. Thank Shiva for Brexit.
By Ian from Beiras on 22 Jan 2023, 07:07
At last, someone pushing back against my virtue signalling government who promote/approve more and more whiskey and hard liquor distillery's in Ireland and then tell us we shouldn't drink alcohol. Don't get me started on the high tax, the highest in the EU and the blocking of ordering wine online from other EU countries. Stephen, Ireland.
By Stephen Winterson from Other on 22 Jan 2023, 09:50
Well done Ireland. What a difference it makes a social and politically responsible government.
By Diogo F. from Lisbon on 23 Jan 2023, 22:46