The Republic of Moldova’s vine and wine industry will be subject to some changes that will lead to the improvement of the quality of Moldavian wine. On the 17th of July 2018, the National Office of Vine and Wine (NOVW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Inspectorate for Fraud Repression and Quality Protection of the Agri-food Products (CIFRQP) from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of the Italian Republic. The agreement was signed for a period of 3 years and states the cooperation in ensuring the quality in the vine and wine industry, the protection of consumer rights and the compliance with intellectual property rights.
Gheorghe Arpentin, the director of National Office for Vine and Wine (NOVW): “The National Office for Vine and Wine are making considerable effort to develop the vine and wine sector and improve the quality of Moldavian wine – a product of our national pride. The Memorandum of Understanding offers a vehicle of communication and cooperation between the Italian wine makers and those from Republic of Moldova so that the latter learns and applies the techniques and best practices from outside its borders.”
Subsequently, the Memorandum of Understanding will provide the creation of a communication platform that aims to prevent and counteract violations in the process of production and commerce of wine and vine-based products. Also, it will offer the necessary support for the enforcement of European Union Legislation regarding viticulture and wine making, especially for wines with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
Vaccari Stefano, chief of Central Inspectorate for Fraud Repression and Quality Protection of the Agri-food Products (CIFRQP), Italy: “The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of Italian Republic are honoured to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for increasing the quality of wine products. This document provides a series of activities, including inspections that will have a major impact on the reputation of the manufacturers, aiding in releasing their products on foreign markets. Italy has relevant experience in this sense and over the years has built an efficient system of control over the quality that does not rely on punitive measures but, on the contrary, helps to consolidate a good reputation on the external market. Together with the National Office of Vine and Wine we are interested in making Moldavian wine known for its quality.”
According to the memorandum, the parties wish to collaborate based on their field of competence without intervening or doubling the activity area of other national, European or international institutions. In addition, seminars, conferences and training will be carried out to offer professional preparation to the representatives of vine and wine industry. There will be working visits intended for officials where technical assistance will be offered.
The Memorandum of Understanding enters into force on the date of signature.