A starting point in the grape and wine industry. The director of the NOVW has been designated head of Health and Safety Commission of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)

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Republic of Moldova will now make itself heard at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). In the next three years, the Health and Safety Commission of OIV will be governed by the director of the National Office of Vine and Wine (NOVW) of Republic of Moldova, Gheorghe Arpentin. The new head of the commission is thus the first moldovian citizen to have such an important role within an international organisation that is concerned with the scientific and technical study of the vine and wine industry at a global level, including wine and grape-derived products. Gheorghe Arpentin was elected at the beginning of July at the OIV’s General Assembly held in Paris, with the vote from 46 member-states. The Health and Safety commission, which is directly subordinated to the Technical and Scientific Committee of the International Organisation, is responsible for adopting European policies to regulate the relationship between the consumption of wine and other vine-based products and the health of consumers.

Vasile Luca, state secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Republic of Moldova: “The most important moment for Republic of Moldova followed immediately after the announcement of the candidates and the voting procedures of the head of the commission at OIV. For the first time in the history of wine making of Republic of Moldova a representative from our country was elected to hold an important position within OIV. Thus, Gheorghe Arpentin, director of the National Office of Vine and Wine, has become Head of the Health and Safety Commission IV. It is an achievement of great importance for one of the paramount economic sectors, as well as an acknowledgement of his personal endeavour in developing this branch.”

Gheorghe Arpentin, director of National Office of Vine and Wine: “Managing the activity of a commission of strategic importance within the OIV is a significant step for Republic of Moldova and its vine and wine sector. In the next 3 years, the country’s status of a producer of high quality wine will be consolidated at an international level. Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to secure the knowledge and information flow for a sustained growth of the quality of the Moldavian wine and boost its recognition amongst the consumers worldwide. Moreover, we will take all the necessary measures to promote the reasonable and responsible wine consumption and improve the European regulations for the acceptance of wine as a food product.”

With a PhD in technical science, the director of NOVW has represented Republic of Moldova for few years now at OIV. He has been a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee since 2016 and leads one of the 2 groups of experts who specialize in Consumption, Nutrition and Health that are part of the commission he has recently been announced head of.

The Health and Safety Commission IV at OIV is responsible for promoting and researching the nutritional value and health benefits of wine and other vine-derived products. Hence, the subdivision researches and creates a specialized database that will allow an accurate assessment of vine and wine products, and subsequently disseminated amongst the governments of the member states, medical institutions, manufacturers, consumers and other stakeholders in the sector.

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) was founded in 1924 as an organisation of scientific and technical nature conducting work concerning the vine and wine industry. Currently, there are 46 members, states that produce 85% of the world’s wine and are attributed 80% of the overall wine consumption in the world.

The Republic of Moldova is a member of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) since 1992, as the first country in the post-Soviet space to enjoy this status.


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