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The AREV accession process

Excerpt from statutes

The Assembly of European Wine Regions consists of a College of Regions, a Professional College, observer members, honorary members and councilors.

The Regions – according to the interpretation of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of European Regions – can become members of the College of Regions – of a wine-like nature.
Regions of a country that have become sovereign states and states whose wine entity is identical to the national entity or does not have a political status as a territorial authority are also admitted as members and are also designated by “Regions” in the AREV Statutes.

The Professional College is referred to as the European Wine Professional Council.
The Professional College is made up of members appointed by each Region from among the representatives of the regional bodies of the wine industry officially recognized or, if necessary, professional organizations considered the most representative at the regional level by each Region.
Their number is based on the diversity of regional professional structures.
In votes, professional members are only entitled to one vote per Region regardless of the number of representatives.
The members of the Professional College participate in the various bodies of the Association with the same prerogatives as those of the College of Regions.

During the votes, the members of the College of Regions have a casting vote. Votes concluding the deliberations of all AREV bodies must obtain an absolute majority of the present members of the College of Regions.

Observer membership may be granted by the AREV International Council to all other European regions, whether wine-producing or non-wine- interested in consumer status, as well as to regions in other parts of the world, which are wine-producing or interested in consumer status. Observer membership may also be granted by the International Council to legal entities other than the Regions, who pursue the same objectives. Observer members participate in plenary sessions, but do not have the right to vote.

The title of Honorary Member may be awarded by the AREV International Council to individuals who render or have rendered important services to the Association. Honorary members have the right to participate in Plenary Sessions and may be invited to other associations of the Association, but do not have the right to vote.

Qualified persons, whose list is decided by the International Council, may participate in the Plenary Sessions and may be invited to other bodies as advisors, but do not have the right to vote.

Eminent individuals appointed by the Presidency on the proposal of the International Bureau may be charged for a specified time to promote the notoriety and objectives of the AREV. These personalities may be invited to the appropriate bodies of the Association, but do not have the right to vote.

Practical information
  1. To become a member of the AREV, according to Article 5 of the Statutes, the applicant must apply to the President of the Association for membership, specifying the status of a member. The applicant succinctly presents the Region and its viticulture and undertakes, in the event of accession, to fully observe the Statutes and the Internal Regulations of the Association.
  1. After reviewing the admissibility of the application and studying the various parameters for determining the contribution category, the International Office submits the proposal for membership to the next International Council to endorse membership.
  1. In the meantime, the future member/candidate is considered an Observer Member, exempt from administrative participation.
  1. If the application for membership is rejected, the applicant is informed of the reasons why his application was rejected by the International Bureau or the International Council.