Applications must be made 15 February-31 March, while the issue of authorisations to producers is envisaged by 1 June; they will be valid for three years
New year, new rules
New dispositions will come into force as of 2016 as regards the management of the production potential of wine-growing, new vineyards and replanting of old vineyards. The new system is based on permits. Briefly, the Regions will have to update by 1 March 2016 the public database register of planting rights currently being implemented on SIAN, where the public database register of permits will also be set up.
Procedures were also defined for issuing replanting permits, granting new plantation permits of about 6500 hectares per year and converting rights held in portfolio as of 1 January 2016 into permits.
For this year alone, there will be a single national permit assignment procedure for new plantations which will follow a strict timetable and equally restrictive conditions. In particular, applications must be made 15 February-31 March via computer and on SIAN, while the issue of authorisations to producers is envisaged by 1 June and will be valid for three years.
At the end of the first year of application of the new system, the results obtained will be audited in order to make any necessary changes. Permissions may only and exclusively be granted to free of charge and may not be transferred outside the recipient company. Lastly, vineyards planted in contravention of the dispositions envisaged in the new system will be considered unauthorised and subject to up-rooting, as well as minimum administrative fines of between 6,000 and 20,000 euros per hectare.