247 votes “for” in favor of wine

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On Tuesday, March 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the adoption of the Draft Law No. 6693 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Development of the Production of Wines and Natural Honey Beverages", which provides for a simplified procedure for the licensing of small wineries based on a declarative principle.

Among the authors of the law, there are Transcarpathians Robert Horvat, Vasyl Petyovka, Valeriy Lunchenko.

"This is, without exaggeration, a historic decision for Ukrainian winemakers, who have been forced to hide in the shadow over the last decades due to unrealistic legal requirements. Now these barriers are torn down", – People’s Deputy of Ukraine Robert Horvat said on his page on Facebook.

According to Robert Horvat, this law will allow winemakers, who produce wine using their own grapes, to obtain production licenses without certification.  

According to the authors of the bill, this law will enable small businesses to create unique wines, make new jobs and increase revenues to state and local budgets.

"Revival of small businesses in the field of winemaking will reduce monopolization and expand the production of domestic high-quality competitive products, make agricultural enterprises interested in the revival and expansion of vineyards and fruit and berry plantations. The adoption of this legislative initiative will also contribute to the development of wine tourism in Ukraine," – the explanatory note to the bill states.

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