Anneliese visited the Maidenhead Beer and Cider Festival to celebrate beer and cider producers and related small businesses in the South East.
Anneliese met with South East residents who are campaigning for real cider and perry – part of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and sampled some of the local products at the festival.
In the European Parliament, Anneliese has been working with CAMRA to try and find a resolution to a serious issue facing many small cider producers across the UK. The European Commission has ruled that the tax exemption currently available to small scale cider producers must be withdrawn by the UK government – a measure which would be punitive for small scale cider producers and could even force many of them out of business.
Anneliese has met with a representative of Commissioner Moscovici, who is responsible for financial affairs, taxation and customs in the European Commission, along with representatives from CAMRA, to discuss how this issue can be resolved without damaging the livelihoods of small scale cider producers.
Anneliese said “I had a wonderful day out at the Maidenhead Beer and Cider Festival, and it was great to have the opportunity to chat to lots of people involved with beer and cider production and retail in the South East. I’m going to continue to work hard in the European Parliament to make sure that small scale cider producers are not damaged by European regulations.”