On 11 December 2018, the Council endorsed the agreement reached with the European Parliament on the EU budget for 2019. The total commitments are set at €165.8 billion, which is an increase of 3.2% compared with the 2018 budget as amended over the past months. Payments amount to €148.2 billion, 2.4% more than in 2018.
Consumers will soon be able to benefit from clearer labelling of spirit drinks. At the same time, spirit drink producers will work on the basis of simpler and clearer production rules, as well as benefit from better protection of geographical indications (GIs).