Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić underscored that the bill introduces reductions and huge financial relief.
"When this bill is passed in parliament, our winemakers won't have to pay an allowance to have that wine put on the market. We are abolishing evidence markers and only LOT numbers will remain. On an annual level, that means that winemakers will have 12 million kuna more, which they can use for marketing and other activities," Tolušić said.
The bill will enable better compliance and transparency in the relevant bodies and will improve the system's efficiency of controlling wines during production and placing them on the market, with the aim of eliminating the grey wine and grape market.
In addition to reliefs of 12 million kuna a year for the wine sector, Tolušić recalled that the new wine envelope for 2019 will be about 11 million kuna a year.
That should lead to a "further rise, even better quality in doing business and greater recognition for Croatian wines in the country and globally."