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Matilde Poggi from the Le Fraghe winery in Verona has been elected the new president of the Confédération Européenne des Vignerons Indépendants (CEVI). The Italian vintner succeeds the Frenchman Thomas Montagne, who had held this office since 2011. The association represents the interests of 12,000 vintners from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria.

"I thank the European vintners for their trust" - commented the new president Matilde Poggi on her election. For the independent winegrowers, the direct relationship with the consumer is one of the priorities. "We will therefore work for a real harmonisation of the rules for the free movement of wine within the European Union, including sales to private individuals. We will also work hard to simplify the bureaucracy that is too much of a burden on the work of all European wine producers," Poggi continued. Matilde Poggi is currently also president of the Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti (FIVI).

(ru / Source and photo: FIVI)