The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a draft Law on Wine, after consultations with producers of the wine and viticulture sector in order to exchange views and better understand the requirements of producers and the framework that must be adhered to by the Ministry.The Wine Act is drafted for the purpose of consolidating European Union regulations with national regulations in the wine and viticulture sector in order to regulate a single legal basis for the adoption of implementing regulations on competencies at the national level. At the same time, the areas currently prescribed at the national level by the Law on Wine and the Law on the Common Organization of the Market of Agricultural Products and special measures and rules related to the market of agricultural products will be connected.The aim of drafting the draft law on wine and all measures it adopts is to define a clear legal framework for the economic conduct of grape and wine production and ultimately the sale of wine for income in market-transparent conditions with the inclusion of tools to combat the “gray market”.Four new regions are being establishedThe draft law on wine enables the association of winemakers and winegrowers at the national and regional level, who are given a new active role in the promotional activities of winemakers and work on the marketing system of Croatian wines and will thus contribute more actively than before . Four new regions are being established (both wine and marketing): Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Bregovita Hrvatska. In addition, the Draft Law on Wine clearly defines the distinctive framework for the production of grapes for own needs in a very limited scope on areas up to 0,1 ha from those producers of grapes, must and wine in production, business and market-oriented coverage .This Draft Proposal of the Law on Wine regulates the legal basis for performing more efficient administrative control of all data that grape and wine producers are obliged to submit. At the same time, the field control carried out by the field wine supervisors will be strengthened in order to check the compliance of the submitted data with the actual situation, which strengthens the system of traceability of grape and wine production.”With the new Law on Wine, we bring a clear legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we strengthen the role of wine associations and wine marketing. ” – said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic and added “In addition to the Act, in cooperation with winemakers, we are adopting a new National Support Program for Winemakers for the period 2019-2023, which increases the amount of funding and introduces a new measure to promote wine with 80% refund. We are opening tenders for the new five-year period in October this year. “The Croatian Center for Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs, the Institute of Viticulture and Enology retains the role of the holder of sensory evaluation of wine, but regional wine organizations are actively involved in proposing evaluators, and only wine evaluation is carried out by commissions with majority regional evaluators. This ensures an increase in the level of quality of evaluation as well as the quality of the wines themselves, because the evaluation process is carried out by evaluators who know best the characteristics of the wine of a particular region.RELATED NEWS:NIKOLA BENVENUTI, VINISTRA: ISTRIAN WINERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIONING ON THE WINE MAP OF THE WORLDSAŠA ŠPIRANEC: WINERS MUST BE ORGANIZED IN FOUR GREAT ASSOCIATIONS: SLAVONIA, DALMATIA, ISTRIA AND KVARNER, AND HILLY CROATIA
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists he is working harder to become more of a threat in the penalty area but would prefer a partner to play off up front. The 24-year-old has often frustrated fans with some of his performances and he accepts he is still learning how manager Brendan Rodgers wants him to play. But he is focusing on breaking his Premier League duck and knows he can only do that by getting into the right areas. “I can see already that the Liverpool fans really like me, although I know that maybe they are a little upset because I don’t score,” he told Sport magazine. “I see they appreciate that I am working hard, though, which is nice for me. “I know I have one goal in the Champions League but in the Premier League I have to start with one. “After that I might set myself a target but I swear right now my first league goal is my first and only objective. “I need to get in the box more. I don’t do it enough but it is something I am working to try to do more. “I have never been a real, out-and-out striker – I have always been someone who goes around the pitch. Press Association The Italy international may get his wish for greater support, with Daniel Sturridge set to return from a thigh injury against QPR this weekend after missing the last seven matches. In his absence Balotelli has toiled alone up front with just one goal – against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets – to show for his efforts since a £16million summer move from AC Milan. “If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play, but Brendan asked me to play as the first striker. “I understand that when the ball comes from wide on the left or right I need to be in the box otherwise there might be no-one there at all.” Balotelli’s stuttering start has matched that of his new club, who have won three of their first seven league games. However, the striker is confident things will improve and believes a strong English core can only help on the domestic front. “I didn’t really know much about the club before coming here, but I’ve been really surprised,” said the Italian, who spent two and a half years at Manchester City before returning to his homeland. “I knew they were a very good team but I didn’t know they were as good as they are. “Of course we need to improve many things because we have started off not very good but I think the players here are amazing. “It’s good to see young English players here too: (Raheem) Sterling, (Jordan) Henderson, (Adam) Lallana. I think the more players you have like this, the better. “Maybe over time you have got used to not seeing so many good, young English players like that but now we are seeing some – it’s good that they are in my team.” The best English player in the striker’s eyes remains Steven Gerrard, however, whom he compared to his veteran Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo. “Gerrard is an amazing player. I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow!” Balotelli said. “I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. “It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.”
The Jamaica government says it will introduce no new taxes when it presents the national budget to Parliament next month.Finance and Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, said revenue inflows have been doing “fairly well” this year, and that the out-turn at the end of December 2017 was J$13 billion ahead of projections.“Happily, with this trajectory, it is not the government’s plan to introduce a new tax package in the new Budget that is coming,” Shaw told the Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly Investor Forum.Focus on non-tax initiativesHe said the government will, however, focus on implementing non-tax initiatives to ensure that importers in particular “pay their fair share at the wharves.”Shaw, who is expected to present his budget on either February 8 or 9th, said to this end, the Jamaica Customs Agency has been instructed to take the necessary steps to acquire the requisite modern state-of-the-art X-ray equipment to enable them to scan all incoming containers.100 percent scanning“We are going to (scan) all barrels and containers 100 per cent…. Everything coming in will be scanned, because all I want is a fair system where all persons pay their duties,” he added.Meanwhile, Shaw said the government plans to lobby the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to further reduce the Primary Surplus Balance.The primary surplus is the minimum set aside in the Budget for debt payments. This was a stipulation under the previous IMF Extended Fund Facility, and remains under the successor Precautionary Standby Arrangement.“We had gotten a relaxation… from 7.5 per cent, which is where it (initially) was, down to seven per cent, and when the time is appropriate, we will seek to get it further down to 6.5 per cent and then six per cent. Of course, the more relaxation you have of the Primary Surplus is the more money you will have for capital expenditure,” Shaw said.e also advised that Jamaica’s debt is expected to further decline to 107.1 per cent of gross domestic product by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on March 31.